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

ISBN 9781032040950
Published September 21, 2021 by Routledge
180 Pages 145 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents




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

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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.