Punctuation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Trying to teach students about proper punctuation? This lesson defines and describes common punctuation marks and gives examples of each. After reading the lesson, students will participate in punctuation stations, then take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • use punctuation marks correctly
  • identify and explain punctuation usage


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Instructions - Pre-lesson

  • Prepare for the lesson by creating stations for the following punctuation marks:
    • Periods, question marks, exclamation marks - Write sentences on sentence strips, leaving off punctuation. Make index cards with punctuation marks. Students place the correct punctuation marks where they belong.
    • Semicolon and colon - Write clauses on index cards and laminate. At the station, students will insert correct punctuation using wipe-off markers.
    • Single quotation mark and apostrophe - Have students work with a partner to correct a series of sentences with incorrectly-placed quotation and apostrophe marks using red markers.
    • Parenthesis, em dash, and en dash - Create sentences that need parenthesis, em dashes, and en dashes but leave them out. Laminate on sentence strips. Allow students to insert using noodles or play-dough, then take a picture of their work with a tablet or classroom camera.

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