Lesson Plan:

Pre-Writing Skills: Tracing Lines

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August 28, 2015
by D'Vonne White
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August 28, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to write vertical lines to form uppercase letters such as F, L, E, and H.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Call the students together as a group.
  • Ask them if they know the song "London Bridge is Falling Down."
  • Play "London Bridge is Falling Down" for your students.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Inform the students that they will be drawing vertical lines.
  • Explain that vertical lines go down like the London Bridge.
  • Draw a few vertical lines on the board.
  • Ask the students to draw vertical lines on the board as well.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Give the students paper, pencils, crayons, and markers.
  • Ask your students to draw 2 vertical lines with the pencils, crayons, and markers on their papers. Each student should have 6 vertical lines on his paper.
  • Ask the students to turn their papers over and draw vertical lines with the writing tool of their choice.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Give each student a London Bridge is Falling Down worksheet.
  • Read the instructions to the students.
  • Have them complete the worksheet.



  • Enrichment: Give the students both horizontal and vertical lines to trace in the same lesson.
  • Support: Give the students sheets with tracing lines already printed for vertical lines to complete the guided practice.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Give each student the Tracing Lines worksheet.
  • Read the instructions to the students.
  • Collect the worksheet when it is completed for grading.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Call the students together.
  • Have them use their index fingers to draw imaginary vertical lines.

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