Interjections are words used to express a strong feeling or sudden emotion. They are included in a sentence, usually at the start, to express a sentiment such as surprise, excitement, enthusiasm, or repulsion.

Interjections are not taught as grammar until Grade 5, when students learn how to correctly punctuate sentences with interjections by using an exclamation mark when the emotion is strong and a comma when the feeling is less strong.

Students are already familiar with many interjections from their own informal conversations, and they understand that interjections are rarely used in formal writing, such as reports and essays. Authors often use interjections when writing dialogue for their characters, and word study for interjections can give students opportunities to practice identifying and using interjections in dialogue.

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Common Core State Standards Related to Interjections

Compare formal and informal uses of English.

Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

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Interjections: alas, aha, eek, hooray, ouch, wow, hey, yeah, whoa, yikes, yuck, bingo, eureka, oops, golly, yum, uh-oh provides word lists, printables, and interactive games and activities that give students the opportunity to identify interjections and explain their function in specific sentences.

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