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Wait, there is an effective way to practice writing dialogue with your high school class? Great! High schoolers will have a blast writing dialogue using a list of potentially silly situations and an image of people talking. Employ the strategies included here to strengthen dialogue and to inspire compelling conversations.
Spend a productive hour in the classroom with this tutorial where junior high writers discover how to create snappy dialogue. The learning begins with an analysis of sample writing and discussion on the effectiveness of each piece. The activity moves to a small group brainstorming activity where the groups think of words to describe their dialogue that are more expressive than said and tell. The final collaborative effort produces dialogues that the writers present to their classmates and post around the room. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Explore the traits of writing conventions and word choice. Your fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will create a class list of multiple synonyms for the word said, and then examine punctuation used when writing dialogue. Use the book Good Dog, Carl to examine writing conventions in printed text.
Sixth graders interpret historical scenes. In this colonial America activity, 6th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to examine colonial era scenes and write dialogue to accompany them. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Young scholars sharpen their creative writing skills by writing dialogues with unfamiliar objects while visiting local museums. They select an object in the museum, such as a painting, and create conversations between the people or animals pictured in it. In the classroom, students read or perform their dialogues. As an extension, they continue writing dialogues with other objects.
Boring dialogue can run a great story into the ground; get your novelists using dialogue as a tool to move their story into deeper and more developed territory. As part of a larger writing series, this activity has a worksheet that can easily be found online. Learners consider why daily discourse isn't interesting and read some examples. They complete a boring comic strip and then spice it up by writing a separate comic from an exciting prompt. Writers apply these skills to their novel by creating another comic using dialogue between their main character and villain. Have them illustrate it for homework!
Sixth graders explore language arts by writing dialogue. In this vocabulary choice lesson plan, 6th graders identify synonyms and the importance of using a thesaurus while writing dialogue in their own original work. Students revise and edit their writing based on notes given to them from a peer.
Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.