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Candy conversation hearts make writing a sweet pastime. Fifth graders write narratives demonstrating a complete thought and correct punctuation. The trick here is that they must use the words on five candy conversation hearts as part of the dialogue. Since these hearts are printed with a variety of messages, pupils must cleverly connect them throughout their narratives.
Young scholars examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Young scholars then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Why do people argue? Use the article "A Holiday Medley, Off Key" to discuss the struggles that interfaith couples face when choosing to celebrate certain holidays. Then, in small groups, encourage learners to write dialogues that explore conflicts from assigned viewpoints. Finally, develop guidelines for how to get along with certain people. This might be a helpful segue into creating class guidelines at the beginning of the school year!
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past..." Use this Great Gatsby novel study lesson to reinforce literary analysis in your class. Working in groups, young readers write a script for a chosen scene from the novel. Suggestions for choosing characters, narrators, sound effects, dialogue, and setting the stage are given. Use a different novel for younger readers.
Where does the comma go? Study the use of dialogue and voice in writing. Learners listen to Margie Palatini's parody The Web Files. To build background knowledge, they listen to an old episode of the show Dragnet before responding to student-modeled work. They complete worksheets in which they practice the use of the proper conventions of dialogue and voice.
Students gain perspective on the importance of kites by reading about and discussing how kites have been used throughout history. In this kite exploration lesson, students follow instructions to construct a kite to assist them in learning about the basic principles of flying a kite; lift, weight, thrust, and drag. Students author creative writing poems, stories, and dialogues about kites.