1st Edition

Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Years 4-6: Jack and the Crystal Fang

By Alison Wilcox Copyright 2022
    180 Pages 145 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 145 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The only cure for a deadly plague sweeping the country is the crystal fang of a dragon that has terrorised the surrounding countryside for many years. Until now, the location of its den on Dragon Ridge Mountain has remained a mystery. In a race against time, Jack battles through a storm to reach the top of Dragon Ridge Mountain. With Merlin to guide him, Jack enters the dragon’s den and comes face to face with the monstrous beast. This is a story of courage, magic and one boy’s brave quest to fulfil a destiny foretold by the legends of long ago.

    Join Jack on his journey as he writes the story with the assistance of the magician Merlin and Punctua, the Fairy Godmother of Writing, to punctuate properly and become a bestselling author.

    Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Years 4–6: Jack and the Crystal Fang is part of a short series of age-specific, beautifully illustrated stories that can be read for pleasure and/or used as a contextualised 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 Legend

    CHAPTER 2 Dragon Ridge Mountain

    CHAPTER 3 The Storm

    CHAPTER 4 Merlin

    CHAPTER 5 The Portal

    CHAPTER 6 The Cave

    CHAPTER 7 The Dragon

    CHAPTER 8 The Escape

    CHAPTER 9 The Great Story-Writing Rebellion


    CHAPTER 10 Meet the Characters Section 1: Jack

    Section 2: Merlin

    Section 3: Punctua (Fairy Godmother of Writing) CHAPTER 11 Editing a Story

    QUEST 1: (Ending the Period Drought in the Unit of Sense)

    Section 1: Writing and Editing Tips

    Section 2: Sentences CHAPTER 12 Capital Letters

    QUEST 2: (BaTtLE oF ThE caPiTaLSe)

    Section 1: Beginning of a sentence/names of people

    Section 2: Names of places

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

    Section 4: Capital Letters Editing Checklist CHAPTER 13 Question Marks

    QUEST 3: (Interrogation in the Centre of Questions)

    CHAPTER 14 Exclamation Marks

    QUEST 4: (The Quest for Excitement at Shrieking Point)

    CHAPTER 15 Inverted Commas (Speech Marks)

    QUEST 5: (The Quest for Quotation, the ‘God of Speech’)

    Section 1: When and How to Use

    Section 2: How to punctuate inside the Speech Marks CHAPTER 16 Apostrophes

    QUEST 6: (The Search for the Apostrophes’ Attachments)

    Section 1: Possession

    Section 2: Plural nouns ending in ‘s’

    Section 3: Singular nouns ending in ‘s’

    QUEST 7: (The Apostrophe Mystr’ry of the Missing Letters)

    Section 4: Contraction/missing letters

    Section 5: It’s/its; they’re/ their; you’re/your

    Section 6: Editing Checklist CHAPTER 17 Commas

    QUEST 8: (The confusing, bemusing, baffling List Comma Mystery)

    Section 1: Commas in a list

    QUEST 9: (Separated in the Break of Meaning)

    Section 2: To make the meaning clear

    Section 3: To separate parts of a sentence

    QUEST 10: (The, Plague of, the Comma, Splicers)

    Section 4: Comma Splicing

    Editing Checklist

    Punctuation Quests Level 1

    Merlin’s Challenge

    Level 1: Punctuation Challenge


    CHAPTER 18 Brackets

    QUEST 1: (Quest for Explanations in the Land of Brackets)

    CHAPTER 19 Dashes

    QUEST 2: (Stress Test in the Dash of Emphasis Challenge)

    CHAPTER 20 Semicolons

    QUEST 3: (Quest for Connections in the linking Passages of Semicolons)

    CHAPTER 21 Colons

    QUEST 4: (Quest for the List of Introductions and Explanations in the Colon Tunnels)

    CHAPTER 22 Ellipsis

    QUEST 5: (Missing in the Land of Ellipsis)

    CHAPTER 23 Hyphens

    QUEST 6: (Quest for Meaning in the Land of Hyphen Fasteners)

    CHAPTER 24 Bullet Points

    QUEST 7: (Quest for Key Points at the Bullet Zone)

    Punctuation Quests Level 2


    QUEST 8: Merlin’s Challenge: Check-up for the Plague of the Comma Splicers

    Punctua’s Challenge: Experimenting with Punctuation

    Bullet Point Models: Job Advert

    Bullet Point Models: Quest Mission Statement

    Report Model: Missing Person Report

    Planning Templates: Job Advert

    Planning Templates: Quest Mission Statement

    Planning Templates: Missing Person Report

    Punctua’s Writing Challenge: An Alternative Ending to a Cliff-hanger

    Apprentice Editor Certificate Level 1

    Master Editor Certificate Level 2


    Alison Wilcox is the author of the Descriptosaurus series and has worked as a primary school teacher for many years. Whilst teaching, she developed Descriptosaurus to scaffold and improve children’s creative writing, with dramatic results, and she made the decision to give up full-time teaching to work on the Descriptosaurus series. To keep up to date with current practices in schools, Alison undertakes brief teaching assignments, works with schools to develop new resources and conducts workshops for schools and teaching alliances.