Email Etiquette Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

In this lesson plan, students gain a solid foundation in email etiquette through video instruction, class discussion and an active game reinforcing the concepts learned in the video. They may also continue learning with an extension activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Briefly explain the concept of email etiquette
  • List at least five common errors in email etiquette
  • Edit and correct email examples to establish proper email etiquette


30-60 minutes. Additional time may be required for an optional take-home extension activity.

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.



  • Start by asking students to describe email.
  • Ask for a show of hands of those students who use email daily. Encourage them to say why they use email.
  • Remind students that there are special rules for writing a letter. Ask if they think there are also special rules for writing emails. Allow time for students to share their answers.
  • Explain to students that the special rules for writing emails are referred to as 'email etiquette.'

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