Teaching point: writers don’t rely on punctuation to convey emotion

Over on the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers’ “Real Teaching, Real Learning” blog this week, I share a revision strategy that I frequently teach in elementary and middle schools, and explain why I’m now calling the exclamation point an excavation point.

…good narrative writers (fiction and some types of nonfiction) don’t rely on punctuation to convey emotion. Good writers know that characters convey emotion. Their body language, their actions, and their speech reveal what they feel.

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