Lesson Plan:

Who Said It?

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August 12, 2015
by Susan Russell

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use quotation marks correctly when writing.

Lesson

Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Start the lesson by discussing and demonstrating the use of quotation marks in writing.
  • Display your anchor chart and use it as the focus of your discussion.
  • Have student volunteer read the rules and discuss. Check for understanding.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Emphasize that quotation marks wrap around the part a person is saying.
  • Remind students of the role commas and capitalization play when using quotation marks.
  • Select some dialogue from a story the class is reading.
  • Write several sentences from the text’s dialogue on thet board.
  • Leave the quotation marks out of the sentences that you write down.
  • Demonstrate where and discuss why you would add quotation marks, commas, and capitalization to the sentences.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Write down several sentences from a dialogue in a story the class is reading, again leaving out the quotation marks.
  • Ask for student volunteers to come up to the board and add quotation marks, commas, and capitalization as needed.
  • Discuss student work.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Tell students they will be practicing the use of quotation marks by creating a cartoon.
  • Hand out a piece of white paper to all students.
  • Ask students fold their paper in half both ways to create four equal sections.
  • Ask students to take a black marker and draw over the folded lines to define sections.
  • Tell students to create a cartoon within the four sections. The cartoon should have dialogue bubbles and a conversation between two characters.
  • Show a sample of a popular cartoon, such as Charlie Brown, and talk about the dialogue and quotation marks used.
  • Have students work independently, and collect their cartoons once they're done.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Allow advanced students to create a slideshow cartoon with dialogue boxes to demonstrate correct use of quotation marks. Allow students to show their slideshows to the rest of the class during Review and Closing.
  • Support: Struggling students may need to work with a proficient partner as they create their cartoons. Provide support and small group intervention as needed.

Review

Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Review students’ quotation use in their cartoons.
  • Meet with small groups to discuss and correct any work with errors.
  • Return cartoons with feedback to students.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • If advanced students created a cartoon slideshow, allow them to show it to the class at this time.
  • Ask for student volunteers to come up and show and read the cartoons they created on paper.
  • Discuss quotation use and display all student work once discussion is completed.

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