Lesson Plan

Reading with Expression! Learning How Punctuation Changes How to Read.

Students are taught how to use voice to apply the meaning of punctuation marks. This lesson looks at helping students Fluency, Expression, and Prosody.

Students will be able to...

  • Read with expression
  • Read with the punctuation in mind
English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 6
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

The students will watch this video to gain a fun understanding for checking with the punctuation. The instructor may have the students view on their own individual computers or on the SmartBoard.

Student Instructions

Please watch this video and feel free to dance and sing along!

2 Direct Instruction

The students will watch the YouTube video of the teacher teaching about the differences in punctuation (?,!.).  This will be direct instruction through a screen with a word document. Introducing and naming the given punctuation, describing the situations and inflection to be used with each type of punctuation. Then, reading a letter/passage without expression and then reading the same letter/passage with expression based off of the given punctuation.

While the video plays, the students will have papers with a ?, ., and ! in which they will lift into the air as the punctuation is used/talked about. 

For lower groups: After each punctuation is introduced,  the students become paired and will compose a sentence /question and read it with good fluency.

If the students need more practice, call on one student to give you a sentence/question to put on the board and another student will read it with the proper fluency based off of the punctuation mark.

Student Instructions

Please watch this video, and notice the difference between a (?), (!), and (.) makes when reading a sentence. 

As you listen, lift the correct punctuation mark into the air when it is talked about/used in the video. 

3 Guided Practice

The students will watch the given YouTube link. They will follow the voice guiding them through each punctuation's infliction through means of the alphabet, then  words and phrases. The video is a listen and repeat activity. 

Then, if you find that students need more help, have the students pull different sentences and questions written on sentence strips from a grab bag to practice reading together as a class/individually. 

Then, have the students break out into small groups to create their own word or phrases to add punctuation to to quiz one another, and then the groups will quiz each other.

Student Instructions

Please watch and follow the instructions within this given YouTube link. 

When in small groups:

  • Create your own word or phrase with punctuation to quiz your group.
  • On Prezi, create a group word or phrase to quiz the classroom. - The creating group must know how each would sound being read out loud.

4 Independent Practice

The students can listen to more examples online through the storyline website, if they are still not feeling comfortable with expression.  The students will listen to the expression given by the readers. They would have choice of any of the readings. Then, they would tally any time that they would hear a ? ! or . in the story. 

Student Instructions

Start by watching one of the stories on the Storyonline website to listen to the expression given. As you are listening to the story, mark a tally in the chart under the ? ! or . if you hear it be read in the story. 

5 Wrap-Up

The students will submit onto their SeeSaw journal two videos. They must read a short book/poem that has all (? ! .) punctuation needed and a letter with all needed punctuation. They must show the words in the passage as they read. the students will talk about what they have felt they learned from this lesson and how it will make them a better reader. The teacher can listen to the recording and assess the student's skills. Have a copy of the passages when listening to be able to mark for errors or exemplary parts. 

Then, students and parents will be able to reference to the videos to remember how they were able to read with expression.

Student Instructions

Create two videos showcasing your new reading skills with punctuation. Be sure to:

  • have one video reading a book or poem and the second video reading a letter that you got in the mail and want to share or one that you have written yourself.
  • Have the viewer see the words as you read them.
  • that there is a ? ! and . in both the letter and book/poem.
  • In one of the two videos to put on your SeeSaw talk about what you  felt you learned from this lesson and how it will make you a better reader.