Who Said It?
Students will be able to use quotation marks correctly when writing.
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.
- 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.
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.