Punctuation — Mark Your Meaning (1947)

19 Dec
Producer   Coronet Instructional Films
Contributors   Collaborator, Viola Theman
Length   11 min
B&W/Color   b&w
UO Library Catalog description:  With a children’s puppet play as an example, explains simple rules of punctuation, shows the significance of the various symbols of punctuation and their relation to the written expression of thought. For intermediate and junior high school grades and teacher training classes.
Call # FILM Ma137
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition fair
Oregon-related  no


Viola Theman (1906-1982) was a professor of education at Northwestern University. She consulted on a number of Coronet instructional films. Theman conducted several key studies in the 1940s on gifted African-American children, helping to refute racist theories about whites having superior intelligence.

One Response to “Punctuation — Mark Your Meaning (1947)”


  1. Who Makes Words (1948) « 16mm Lost & Found - December 21, 2011

    […] have interrogation mark, ironic since Viola Theman was also the consultant on the Coronet film Punctuation–Mark Your Meaning. Coronet was a juggernaut of instructional films in the 1940s-1970s. Many are available at […]

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