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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
High schoolers take the sides of Patriots or Tories. For 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.
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.
Find creative ways to teach Salinger's stories by focusing on dialogue, cultural context, and characterization.
Students write dialogue. In this character development instructional activity students use direct or indirect speech to include a confrontation between two characters in their story. Students portray the emotions of the characters in addition to what they are saying.
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.
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. 

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