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Kicking It Around
Students analyze the recent boom in women's sports, focusing on the Women's World Cup Soccer tournament to examine various people's views about women athletes. They write a newspaper article summarizing what they learned in their 'interviews.'
Recalling History by Pulling Strings
Students investigate the role and nature of story-telling as it preserves history and culture and discuss how puppetry serves as an effective method of presentation. They create basic outlines for puppet shows that relay important historical events.
What's All the Fuss about Harry Potter?
Students complete a survey to explore the popularity of Harry Potter books. In this literature and controversy lesson, students examine why certain books are controversial or popular. Students write original plays about their favorite Harry Potter book.
What Did You Say?
Punctuating dialogue properly is a skill that your young pupils will use for years to come. Allow individuals the chance to practice adding commas and quotation marks to sentences that are lacking punctuation. The activity here includes an example, 10 sentences to correct, and an answer key. The exercise is relatively simple but also clear and effective.
Great Beginnings: Writing Techniques
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!
Lesson Plan 9: Writing Really Good Dialogue
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.
Julian Secret Agent: Commas
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.
The Stuff of Stories: Using Museums to Inspire Student Writing
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.
Lesson Plan 9: Writing Really Good Dialogue
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!
Comic Strip Context Clues
Second graders create dialogue for a comic strip using context clues to match the text to the pictures. They use comic blanks imbedded in this lesson. They write dialogue for each frame. Remind them to use the picture clues when writing their dialogue.
Students examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Students then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Playwriting: Structural Tools
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.
Adventure Writing: Oregon's Landscape as a Setting
Students identify geographical features of different regions encountered by migrants on the Oregon trail. Students research how the Oregon landscape may have affected life and 19th century westward migration. Students write a narrative essay from the perspective of a migrant traveling through a specific assigned region and time period on the Oregon trail as their setting, focusing on the proper use of dialogue and transition words, and utilizing the steps of the writing process.
Consequences of Individual Choices
High schoolers take the sides of Patriots or Tories. In this colonial American lesson, students read primary sources that feature James Murray and Captain Jones. High schoolers then write dialogues and limericks based on a fictional meeting of the 2 men.
"The Selfish Crocodile"
Students participate in a variety of shared reading and writing activities related to the book "The Selfish Crocodile" and "The Great Chase." They discuss how the author establishes the crocodile's character, define "selfish," and write sentences describing the mouse when he creeps into the crocodile's mouth.
Surveying Salinger with Dialogue and Disillusionment
Find creative ways to teach Salinger's stories by focusing on dialogue, cultural context, and characterization.
Salinger and the Vocabulary of the Vernacular
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.
Building Reading Skills: Fluency
Students practice their fluency skills. In this fluency lesson, students read aloud stories to their peers and they help to coach one another on their fluency, pronunciation, phrasing, and inflection. They discuss what makes a good reader enjoyable to listen to and easy to understand.
Breezy, Chilly, or Freezing?
Students assess the factors which influence the sensation of being "cold" in a particular situation. They study the complexities in measuring temperature by reading and discussing the article "Beyond Brrr: The Elusive Science of Cold." Students then script "polite conversations" with scientific detail about particular aspects of feeling "cold." Finally, they reflect on the importance of accuracy in temperature measurement to the average person.
Students explore play writing. In this literacy and technology lesson, students choose a familiar historical event and write a play with the corresponding setting. Students write text and dialogue, produce sound recordings, and create a podcast using their play.