Typography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is typography? Two text lessons provide comprehensive instruction on this topic while an in-class activity allows for deeper exploration of the subject. Extensions and related lessons are provided for further instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'typography'
  • differentiate between different styles of typography
  • report on one typography example


1 to 2 hours


  • Photocopies of the word 'typography' printed in ten different font styles with different spacing on each
  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Printer
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

Key Vocabulary

  • Typography


  • Begin by displaying the ten different versions of the word 'typography' for the class.
  • What do they notice about the examples? What does the word mean? How do the different font styles change the impact of the word? Discuss this as a class, writing key ideas on the board for the students.
  • Now ask students to read the text lesson What is Typography? - Definition, Terms & Examples.
  • Were they correct about the meaning of of the word 'typography?' Did their ideas of how changes in typography affect meaning match up with the information presented in the text lesson? Discuss this as a class.
  • Now ask students to read the text lesson The History of Typography: Timeline & Explanation in preparation for the class activity.

Discussion Questions

  • How many different type styles are there?
  • How does different typography impact the content of the message?

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