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Quotation Marks Poster

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A poster highlighting the correct use of quotation marks and punctuation for direct speech.

This poster highlights rules when using quotation marks and gives examples for each rule.

According to the Australian Government Style Manual, single quotation marks should be used for direct speech.

However, many teachers instruct their students to use double quotation marks for direct speech.

We have created two versions of this resource in order to cater for both preferences. Both versions have a colour and a black and white version available.

Please select your preferred version from the drop-down menu above.

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1492

    Recognise how quotation marks are used in texts to signal dialogue, titles and quoted (direct) speechElaborationsexploring texts to identify the use of quotation marks (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)experimenting with the use of qu...

  • ACELA1494

    Investigate how quoted (direct) and reported (indirect) speech work in different types of textElaborationsinvestigating examples of quoted (direct) speech (‘He said, “I’ll go to the park today”’) and reported (indirect) speec...

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Reuel Michaels

Maybe I’m missing something, but the rules listed here do not match this PowerPoint: https://www.teachstarter.com/au/teaching-resource/using-punctuation-marks-powerpoint/

The first point explains that you only use a singular quotation for direct speech, when the PowerPoint mentions two quotations. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I am certain that in Australia, we always use two quotations for direct speech.

Reuel Michaels · Sep 12th, 2021


Hi, Reuel, thanks for taking the time to comment! Our resource team is working on a second version of this poster using double quotes for those who choose to teach this way. Please keep an eye out for updates! Have a great day.

Bronwyn · Sep 13th, 2021

Reuel Michaels

Hi Bronwyn, Thank you! I have checked with other teachers at my school and they have all said they teach two quotation marks. In case I am incorrect, is there anywhere you could point me to that clarifies what Australia is meant to use? I know the WA Curriculum specifies double.

Reuel Michaels · Sep 13th, 2021


Hey, Reuel! Anecdotally, and when I was in the classroom as recently as 2019, double quotation marks were most commonly used for teaching direct speech. However, several style guides I’ve consulted do confirm that in Australian English, double quotation marks are only to be used when using a quote within direct speech (the direct speech is in single marks). This ACARA link confirms the single quotation mark style is preferred (sub-element 5): https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/resources/national-literacy-and-numeracy-learning-progressions/national-literacy-learning-progression/writing/?subElementId=50959&scaleId=0 We love supporting teachers the way they choose to deliver their content so we’re most happy to provide a second version for the poster and let you guys choose! Hope this helps, have a great day.

Bronwyn · Sep 13th, 2021

Rach C

This would be great in a bookmark

Rach C · Dec 24th, 2018


Hi Rachelle.
While we don’t have this resource as a bookmark, we do have a great collection, including editable and customisable bookmarks. Take a look at the link below:

Kristian · Dec 27th, 2018


Error – on the poster the speech must start with a capital letter….Professor Craggyrock said, “Words and ideas can change the world.”

Lisa · Mar 26th, 2018

Alison Smith

Hi Lisa,
Thanks very much for highlighting this error. I am in the process of reviewing the resource. Thanks again.

Alison Smith · Mar 28th, 2018

Resource Updates

  • Added an alternate version so that teachers may choose whether to focus on single or double quotation marks when teaching direct speech to their students.

    Addition by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Sep 12th, 2021

  • Added an alternate version so that teachers may choose whether to focus on single or double quotation marks when teaching direct speech to their students.

    Addition by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Sep 12th, 2021

  • Updated the design of the poster as well as the content of the resource to reflect the more recent usage of single and double quotation marks.

    Change by Tom (Teach Starter) Feb 23rd, 2021

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