Formal and Informal English


With our Formal and Informal English lesson plan, students learn when to use formal and informal language in their speaking and writing and how to recognize each in other’s speaking and writing.

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Our Formal and Informal English lesson plan teaches students strategies for deciding when they should use formal or informal English in their speaking and writing. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively with a partner to rate sentences on a scale from 1 to 10, with one being the most informal and 10 being the most formal, demonstrating that they can recognize formal vs informal language. Students are also asked to read situations and decide whether they would use formal or informal language in each.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to differentiate between contexts that call for formal English and situations where informal discourse is appropriate.

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4th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards