Lesson Plan

Abbreviations & Acronyms: What’s the Difference?

What’s unique about abbreviations and acronyms? In this lesson, students will learn the mechanics of using abbreviations and acronyms, including how they are similar and different.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will distinguish and recognize characteristics of abbreviations and acronyms.
  • Students will use and produce abbreviations and acronyms.


(5 minutes)
  • Invite students to reflect on a time that they have sent a text message or have seen someone else send a text message. How is the language different from an essay that they would write in school? If it doesn’t arise in the discussion, ask whether they have noticed any abbreviations.
  • Tell the students that they will be learning how to recognize and use abbreviations and acronyms. Abbreviations and acronyms are similar, yet different from language that is used in a text message.