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Playwriting: Getting Ideas
Tenth graders explore ideas for a short play. Ideas are generated through improvisation, articles, quotes, writing exercises, and current events. As playwrights, 10th graders discover the techniques used to develop complex characters and creative dialogue.
Said Is Dead
Young scholars revise writing to improve organization and word choice. They check for logic, order of ideas and precision of vocabulary. Students list different verbs for the word "said." They write dialogue in which the speakers tell a story through conversation.
Dialogue Tags/ Synonyms for Said
Sixth graders analyze dialogue tags. In this synonyms instructional activity students work in groups analyzing a personal narrative. They enter the words onto a classroom chart as well as their notes or journal. The students replace tags with more descriptive choices from the word bank.
Word Choice in Writing
Sixth graders explore language arts by writing dialogue. In this vocabulary choice lesson, 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.
Pupils, using elbow macaroni, demonstrate correct usage of quotation marks, commas and periods when writing dialogue. They also write sentences that show character traits.
Write On: Lesson 15
Sixth graders discuss how seeing a situation or story from different points of view can change how you see things around you. In This language arts lesson, 6th graders punctuate dialogue and practice becoming better speakers. A game of Human Bingo is played.
The Dialogues of Difference
Pupils research the 1067 Newark riots and examine photographs of the riots for clues as to when they were taken and what was going on. They view different historical perspectives on the riots and then write dialogues based on the different perspectives discussed in the article.
Students punctuate sentences containing dialogue. In this dialogue lesson students solve and create sentence puzzles which are sentences cut into individual parts.
First graders complete pre reading, writing, during reading, and interdisciplinary activities for the book George Shrinks. In this reading lesson plan, 1st graders complete journal entries, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Writer's Workshop Writing Dialogue: Night of the Twisters
In this writing worksheet, students learn proper punctuation and sentence variety as they write a dialogue pertaining to events in Night of the Twisters. Students read the information about how to use quotation marks, then write their dialogue.
He Said, She Said: Writing Dialogue
In this conversation worksheet, students learn to use quotation marks in writing dialogue. Students use the conversation bubbles to write dialogue that might take place between an animal and an object character.
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.
When do you need quotation marks? Do they go inside of a period or outside? Hone your class's punctuation skills with this four-page practice packet. Page one lists several rules and examples, while the last three pages contain practice opportunities.
Take some time to write multiple play scripts in your class. The first script is entirely collaborative. The class decides on characters and a first line, individuals choose a second line of dialogue and then pass their notebooks around in a circle, adding a line to each script that passes through. The second script is individual and the third is completed in small groups and related to the natural world. Playwrights can perform one, two, or three different plays over the course of two days!
Creating Children's Books
Students collaborate to create a children's book. In this visual arts lesson, student study the components and procedures that go into making a children's book including the shape, size. layout, biographical information about the author, and dedication page. Students work in small groups to research fish facts and then use these facts to create an original 25-page book for children. Word processing is required.
Lesson: All in the Family
Who was the Radcliffe family? Young learners find out about the life and times of a family from long ago. They analyze the family portrait, write a story about the family, and then use their story to create thought or word bubbles which will bring the painting to life.
Lesson Plan 11: Beginnings
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story could start: beginning, inciting incident, middle, and end. A fun aspect to this lesson is having groups secretly write beginnings to a familiar story from one of these four points. After reading them aloud, the class guesses which beginning they wrote. Writers complete a worksheet applying these ideas to their own novels.
Lesson Plan 17: Novel, Take 2
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process lesson, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise" giving compliments about the novel they read. Then, writers let their inner editors out by first coming up with goals for their finished piece. By working through the packet, they come up with stylistic and content-related revisions, leaving the grammar edits for later. Finally, release the eager editors upon their drafts to revise, revise, revise!
Movies in the Making
Combine visual and performing art in this creative activity. Young filmmakers first choose a piece of art, along with music that matches the feel of the art, and write dialogue to go with the scene. They research the artist and record information on a data sheet. In the final assessment, they can rehearse and perform their skit for the class.
Students discuss how much they understand of satire and parody. They read an article about an Iraq news parody show. They create and act out their own parody skit. They write an essay about using humor in grave situations.