Italics, Quotation Marks, and Underlining


Italics, Quotation Marks, and Underlining introduces students to the features used to distinguish titles in text. Students will learn when to use each feature, and the lesson also reminds them how to capitalize correctly. The worksheets will assess their grasp of the concepts they learn.

There is a suggestion listed in the “Options for Lesson” section that you might want to incorporate into your lesson. Because students likely won’t have much experience using these features, you could introduce them to the concepts using a punctuation game from Turtle Diary. The link is listed in this section. You could also use this activity as an assessment instead of an introduction to the lesson.

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What our Italics, Quotation Marks, and Underlining lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Italics, Quotation Marks, and Underlining teaches students how to correctly write titles of different genres. Students will learn, for instance, that book and movie titles require italics. Poems and article titles require quotation marks. They will also learn when to use underlining and how to capitalize correctly. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to distinguish when to use each of these features.

This lesson contains two content pages that describe a basic outline of when to use these different features. It separates the content into two sections. The first section reminds students about capitalizing and the rules to follow. Then it details when to use italics in titles.

The second section describes both quotation marks and underlining. Students will learn which titles require quotation marks and which ones require underlining. They discover that people generally underline when they are writing by hand because it may be hard to see italics.


For the activity worksheet, students will work with a partner. (You can have students work alone or in groups if you prefer.) There are 12 total titles of books and movies on the worksheet. Students will first capitalize the titles correctly. Then they will use them in a complete sentence. They will need to remember to use italics because movie and book titles are italicized.


The practice worksheet requires students to write 10 sentences that include a specific thing. Those things include, a song, newspaper, short story, poem, and an article. Students will have to write the sentence and capitalize it correctly. There is a total of 10 prompts. The students may need to use the content pages as reference to remember when to use which feature.


There are 10 statements on the homework assignment. Students will read the sentences and find the titles within them. They will then rewrite the titles correctly, using either italics, underlining, or quote marks.

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5th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.