Parallelism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides you and your class with numerous mini-activities and activities that will help them spot and write their own examples of parallelism and correct faulty parallelism as well.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students need to be able to:

  • define parallelism
  • spot examples of parallelism
  • correct examples of faulty parallelism


1-2 hours


Curriculum Standards


Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

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.


Warm Up

  • Warm up the class with a couple of questions:
    • Has anyone heard of parallelism?
    • Can someone give me an example of parallelism?


  • Play the following lessons in their entirety:
  • Now proceed to discussion.
    • What is parallelism?
    • When would someone want to use parallelism, especially in speeches and literature?
    • What is faulty parallelism?
  • Mini-activities:
    • Group students and have them quickly research and find famous proverbs that use parallelism. Have the groups present them to the class, discussing why it is parallelism
    • It's one thing to watch these lessons' examples, it's another to clearly identify what makes each example of parallelism what it is. Pass out a handout of each of the lesson's text. Students should analyze and highlight exactly what makes each example of parallelism actually parallel.
  • Ask students if they have any questions before moving on.

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