1st Edition

Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Year 2: Captain Moody and His Pirate Crew

By Adam Bushnell Copyright 2022
    106 Pages 97 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    106 Pages 97 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Captain Christopher Moody, based on a real-life pirate, has always longed for adventure. So, when he finds a treasure map, he decides to find a crew, find the treasure and find the greatest adventure the world had ever seen! Meet some weird pirates, a spooky island and a fearsome sea monster in this epic tale.

    On his journey, Captain Moody writes the story with the assistance of Blackbeard the pirate and Punctua, the Fairy Godmother of Writing, to punctuate properly and become a bestselling author.

    Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Year 2: Captain Moody and His Pirate Crew is part of a short series of age-specific, beautifully illustrated stories that can be read for pleasure and/or used as a contextualized resource, containing a step-by-step guide to teaching punctuation. The characters from each story are used to demonstrate a range of punctuation rules in a fun and engaging way appropriate to the book's age group. Areas covered include:

    • formulating punctuation rules.
    • the use of misconceptions to highlight common errors.
    • teaching tips to provide a punctuation model.

    The book explores the impact of punctuation on reading, understanding, meaning and effect, and can be used as a basis for pupils’ own punctuation or included in their 'Writer’s Toolkit.' These new Descriptosaurus stories are an indispensable teaching aid for making punctuation fun for all primary teachers and literacy coordinators.




    CHAPTER 1 The Map

    CHAPTER 2 The Crew

    CHAPTER 3 The Flag

    CHAPTER 4 The Journey

    CHAPTER 5 The Island

    CHAPTER 6 The Monster

    CHAPTER 7 The Battle

    CHAPTER 8 The Party


    CHAPTER 9 Meet the Characters

    Section 1: Captain Moody

    Section 2: Blackbeard

    Section 3: Punctua (Fairy Godmother of Writing)

    CHAPTER 10 Editing a Story

    Section 1: Writing and Editing Tips

    Section 2: Sentences

    Section 3: Comma Splicing

    CHAPTER 11 Capital Letters

    Section 1: Beginning of a sentence/names of people

    Section 2: Names of places

    Section 3: Days of the Week and Months of the Year

    Section 4: Capital Letters Editing Checklist

    CHAPTER 12 Question Marks

    CHAPTER 13 Exclamation Marks

    CHAPTER 14 Inverted Commas (Speech Marks)

    Section 1: When and How to Use Inverted Commas

    Section 2: How to punctuate inside the Inverted Commas

    CHAPTER 15 Apostrophes

    Section 1: Apopstrophes for Possession

    Section 2: Apostrophes for Contraction

    CHAPTER 16 Commas

    Section 1: In a list

    Section 2: To avoid misunderstandings

    Section 3: To separate parts of a sentence


    Checklist: Captain Moody’s Editing Checklist Level 1: Punctuation 

    Checklist: Captain Moody’s Editing Checklist Level 2: Punctuation

    Blackbeard’s Challenge

    Certificate: Editing Level 1

    Certificate: Editing Level 2


    Adam Bushnell is an award-winning and Amazon number one best-selling author of fictional and academic books. He works in the UK and internationally in both state and private education delivering creative writing workshops to all ages. His books have been selected by the School Library Association for the "Boys into Books" recommended reading list. Previously a teacher, Adam also delivers CPD to teachers and others working in education on how to inspire writing in the classroom.