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Meaning shaped by Punctuation


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In this lesson we discuss the punctuation in an extract from the poem “Mountain Lion” by DH Lawrence in order to explain the role that punctuation plays in conveying meaning. Prior to showing your learners this lesson you may want to give groups of learners a copy of this poem without punctuation for them to see where they think the punctuation should go. After watching the video they can then work out how similar their punctuation was to the original and what differences in meaning were created where they had imagined that the punctuation was different. You could also ask learners to read this poem with and without punctuation to illustrate the way that punctuation assists us in creating meaning through our voices.
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