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Stephenie Swickard's ELA 4th Grade Lesson

Stephenie Swickard's ELA 4th Grade Lesson


Content Standard

Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to use commas and quotation marks in writing to indicate that a person is speaking.


This lesson is intended to be used for fourth grade students.

The students will watch an engaging video with a song that describes how to use quotation marks to indicate speech in writing. Students will have an opportunity to observe a model and description of how to punctuate speech in writing. For guided practice, students will be practicing the punctuating quotations marks with a partner. Feedback and corrections will be made before students move in to independent practice.  As an exit ticket, students will independently write five sentences that include the proper use of punctuation marks.


During guided practice, formative assessment will include monitoring the students' use of punctuation in the partner created sentences.

Homework: n/a

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Practice Worksheet

This worksheet can be projected for whole class practice or printed to be used to guided or independent practice.


This Powerpoint gives the purpose and background knowledge for using quotation marks. Students will have the opportunity to observe the implementation of quotation marks. Additionally, the slides are made so that students will be able to try placing quotation marks before the answer is revealed.

Quotation Marks Video

This video is a fun and engaging way to introduce students to the process and purpose of quotation marks in writing.