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Good dialogue in a narrative moves the story forward, creates tension, and reveals something about the characters and their relationships with one another. The series of exercises included in this resource give writers a chance to practice crafting conversations between their characters. Although part of a series of lessons, the exercises could be applied to any study of dialogue. Referenced worksheets are not included.
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!
Your class participates in a variety of shared reading and writing activities related to the book Julian Secret Agent. They complete a class story chart, examine how to use punctuation for dialogue, write an alternative ending/resolution, and write sentences using dialogue.
Review literary analysis techniques with this reading lesson about folktale writing. Middle schoolers read different folktales from many authors, and write their own folktales to share with the class. They identify the plot, morals and characters in their story. Focus on dialogue and its importance to address Common Core Standards.
Students collaborate to create a children's book. In this visual arts lesson plan, 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.
The art of writing dialogue is the focus of this language arts resource. After a review of the rules of writing direct speech, youngsters try their hand at creating dialogue used by characters they create in their writing. They focus on using colorful adverbs and utilizing word choice options other than the basic word, "said."
How do your young writers start stories? Give them some new strategies with this plan. Included is a worksheet for them to practice asking questions, writing dialogue, and adding details to start a story. Look at examples of each of these strategies so youngsters can see them in action before they attempt their own!
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.
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process instructional activity, 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!
Combine visual and performing art in this creative lesson. 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 read the book and watch the movie Charlotte's Web. In this compare and contrast lesson, students take notes and then use a Venn diagram to compare the book and the movie. During the lessons students discuss friendship, problem solving, and how Charlotte worked to help Wilbur.
Start by studying the five sentences provided here. There are specific questions to ask regarding each sentence. Then youngsters edit their realistic fiction stories to make sure their dialogue use accurate. With this resource, commas, quotation marks, ending marks, and capitals are put in the correct place.
Budding novelists compare the differences between real-life dialogue and dialogue found in novels. They compare an excerpt from a book to IM chats and discuss how they are different and how good dialogue can move a story along while defining character. They pick apart a comic strip then use what they've learned to compose strong dialogue to use in their novels. This resource can be used on its own or with any of the others from this project. It is quite thorough!
Writers explore vocabulary and expressions used in the English language. They use visual word maps to become aware of the different uses of words which will allow them to more readily interpret texts. Then they listen to/read excerpts from The Catcher in the Rye and analyze slang terminology. To adapt for younger audiences, select a grade-appropriate text.
Here are some loose and open-ended ideas to introduce younger learners to the importance of following laws. Suggestions focus on crime, punishment, and the legal process. Activity suggestions include a mock trial, writing dialogue, and reading about crimes in the community. Note: The focus of some of these activities is a little odd; use what seems most appropriate for your classroom.
How does reading a drama differ from reading a novel? Middle schoolers become playwrights and explore these differences. After viewing the A&E movie,"The Crossing," groups create stage directions, write dialogue, and design sets and costumes to dramatize George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware. Referenced play, worksheets, video, and handbook are not included.
Middle schoolers write descriptions, narratives, and dialogues based on objects of art and time periods in a museum. They base several writing assignments on art objects and paintings, including a literal description and an emotional story. They then create a dialogue between two art objects and choose a time period as a setting for a story. If your class won't be visiting a museum in the near future, you could use photographs or a slide show of famous art.