Lesson Plan

Indentation Intentions

What is the intention of an indentation within a paragraph? Within this lesson, students will explore the reasons why we indent. They’ll categorize and classify content to construct paragraphs that include indentations.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to recognize the rationale and purpose of basic paragraph structure, which includes the use of indentation.
  • Students will be able to separate paragraph content and identify the location of indentation.


(5 minutes)
  • Using the assorted list of objects, distribute one object per student.
  • Invite students to mix and mingle and find students who have similar objects that could form a group.
  • After giving the students a minute to create their groups, lead the students in a brief discussion about what they observed.
  • Tell the students that just as certain objects fit into certain groups, the content of a paragraph must fit together. A change in a topic usually means a change in the paragraph — specifically, creating a new paragraph.
  • Explain that students will be learning how to create cohesive paragraphs that are indented correctly.