Eats shoots and leaves: The Power of a Comma


A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

‘Why?’ asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards

the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

‘I’m a panda,’ he says at the door. ‘Look it up.’

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

‘Panda. Large black-and-white bear like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.’

This week year 5 and 6 have been learning how important correct punctuation is in our writing. Using Lynn Truss’s book “Eats Shoots and Leaves for Children”, we explored how commas can change the meaning of a sentence. The children enjoyed illustrating the different ambiguous meanings and have made their own version of the book. So now there is no excuse for missing commas in their writing!

2 responses on Eats shoots and leaves: The Power of a Comma

  1. Could I say A huge Thankyou To the WHOLE CLASS FOR THE AMAZING CARD!!

    we felt better once we got it

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