Calligraphy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on calligraphy. Students will read a text lesson that describes what calligraphy is and describes the different styles. Students discuss content and practice alongside the lesson so concepts stick, then take a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what calligraphy is
  • identify and produce different styles of calligraphy


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Calligraphy: Definition & Styles, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Ink
  • Brushes
  • Water
  • Cups
  • Paper towels
  • Samples of Arabic, Chinese, and Western calligraphy
  • Index cards with vocabulary words written on each, one set for each small group

Key Vocabulary

  • Calligraphy
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Clerical script
  • Running script
  • Cursive script
  • Arabic calligraphy
  • Galam
  • Arabic cursive
  • Western calligraphy
  • Blackletter
  • Beneventan
  • Cadel letters

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Distribute brushes and cups with water to students. Allow them to get a feel for how the brushes work by instructing them to 'paint' their names with water on their desktops.
  • For this warm-up exercise, have students write their names in printing and cursive. Teach them how to gently dip the brush into the water and make strokes on their desktops so the water is a light, gentle, flowing movement.
  • After guided practice, allow students to practice independently, wiping excess water with paper towels.

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