Formal vs. Informal Discourse


In our Formal vs. Informal Discourse lesson plan, students learn about the differences between formal and informal discourse and how to identify them. Students practice adapting their speech and writing for specific situations using the lesson material.

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Our Formal vs. Informal Discourse lesson plan helps students identify the differences between formal and informal discourse. Examples are provided for each type of discourse to enhance students’ understanding and several situations are discussed to show students when each type of discourse should be used. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to write conversations based on provided scenarios both formally and informally, demonstrating their understanding of the differences between the two and their ability to write using both.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to differentiate between formal and informal discourse, use formal English when appropriate, and adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks.


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Language Arts


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

State Educational Standards