Using Quotation Marks


Our Using Quotation Marks lesson plan teaches students how to use quotation marks in their writing and what quotation marks mean in other people’s writing. They practice using quotation marks, improving their overall writing and grammar skills.

This lesson includes a very detailed, step-by-step lesson plan and outlines what parts of the lesson can be taught on which day. You can find these suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section on the first Classroom Procedure page.

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What our Using Quotation Marks lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Using Quotation Marks teaches students how and when to use quotation marks in their writing. Correctly using quotation marks is a skill that all readers and writers need in order to be successful in the academic setting. Without appropriate use of quotation marks, students cannot properly include and cite works, include dialogue in writing, or use quotes in expository papers. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the purpose for using quotation marks and correctly use quotation marks and accompanying punctuation in writing. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade and 4th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are writing utensils, paper, the handouts, and materials for reading. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can copy the handouts and select dialogue to use during the warm up activity.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. The suggestions for this lesson provide a guide for which parts of the lesson you can administer on which of the four days scheduled for the lesson. For example, for day one, it suggests having students warm up, do the anchor chart, and complete the first activity.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that learning to use quotation marks correctly is very important, especially in an academic setting for citing works. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


The Using Quotation Marks lesson plan does not include any content pages. Rather, it provides a very detailed lesson plan, found on the three Classroom Procedure pages.


The Using Quotation Marks lesson plan includes four worksheets: two activity worksheets, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


The first activity worksheet asks students to read ten sentences and correctly insert the missing quotation marks and other punctuation.


The second activity worksheet asks students to complete two short exercises. For the first, they will correct the punctuation in five sentences. For the second, they will write five sentences of their own that use quotation marks and appropriate punctuation.


The homework assignment asks students to fill in the blanks in sentences stating the rules for using quotation marks. They will also complete and correct five “Mad Libs” sentences by adding in the correct quotation marks and punctuation.


This lesson includes a quiz to test students’ understanding of the lesson material. For this quiz, students will complete three exercises. For the first, they will correctly punctuate and add quotation marks to the provided paragraph. Next, for the second, they will write five sentences that use quotation marks and correct punctuation, one of which should include the title of a song or movie. Finally, for the third, they will fill in the blanks in three sentences about the rules for using quotation marks with the correct word or words.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for both activity worksheets, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Language Arts, Video

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.

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