Quotation Marks Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students how and when to use quotation marks with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the three ways quotation marks are used, then put concepts to practice in hands-on ways that apply learning in context. Follow up with an activity and quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the three ways to use quotation marks
  • demonstrate understanding of proper use of quotation marks


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson How & When to Use Quotation Marks, one for each student
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Comic strips (consider having students bring in) that include dialogue
  • White boards and markers, one for each student
  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Glue

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2.d

Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.


  • Distribute copies of comic strips to students and allow them to read for a few minutes.
  • Instruct students to choose one comic strip they like and cut it out and set aside for later.
  • Give students white boards and markers and distribute the lesson How & When to Use Quotation Marks.
  • Read the first section 'Great Quotations' with students and instruct them to practice making quotation marks on their white boards. Check for understanding.
  • Now title your chart paper 'Quotation Marks' and subtitle with the three ways they're used: Direct Quotes, Highlight Specific Words, and Nicknames.
  • Read the section 'Direct Quotes' with students.
  • Work with students to write directions under this section on your anchor chart.
  • Next dictate sentences to students containing dialogue and have them write with quotation marks. Check for understanding by having them hold up their boards and checking, or trading boards with a partner to check.
  • Read the next section 'Writing to Highlight Specific Words' with students and work together to record an explanation under this section.
  • Divide students into partners and have them dictate sentences containing specific words to one another and having their partner record on their white boards.
  • As students work, circulate the room to check for understanding.
  • Read the final section 'Nicknames' to students and define on your anchor chart.
  • Brainstorm nicknames of famous people and, with students, write them in sentences using quotation marks.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' and have students take the quiz together as a formative assessment.

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