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Do talk back! The transcript of one side of a telephone conversation launches a study of dialogue. Class members imagine the response of the speaker on the other side of the conversation and record these responses on the provided worksheet. They then create a dialogue, eliminate the voice of one speaker, and exchange their paper with a class mate. The class mate then fills in the missing side of the dialogue.
"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.
Students explore and generate story elements for wordless picture books. In this collaborative writing instructional activity, students review wordless picture books and write a story based on the illustrations. Students use post-it notes to organize ideas.
Sixth graders determine how to communicate successfully in both oral and written form. In this conversation lesson plan, 6th graders prepare for the lesson plan by writing a conversation that might occur between two animals. They use proper punctuation. They review homographs and participate in a discussion group. They listen to a portion of  The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and Other Tales by Hugh Lofting.
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.
Paragraphs are simply visual cues to separate information. Briefly display the different types of paragraph organization with these slides. A good tool for beginning readers and writers.
What events led up to the Hundred Years War?  In small groups or pairs the class discusses several critical thinking questions and then writes a fictional dialogue that depicts both an English and a French point of view. 
In this writing worksheet, students will use their imaginations to write the other side of a conversation about books. Students will practice dialogue writing skills.
Students explore creative writing. In this creative writing instructional activity, students listen to several books written by Susan Meddaugh in which the stories are told from a dog's point of view. Students choose a magazine picture featuring a pet and write a story to go with the scene.
Bring humor into your own writing! Writers consider how professional authors create humor in their writing. They read and analyze comic strips and poetry to determine the devices used by writers to create humor. Some of the examples aren't particularly hilarious, so you might want to supplement them with additional examples. 
Take some time to write multiple play scripts about connecting with nature 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!
Present the class with a slide show that will give them a great head start in writing expository and narrative texts. The information is highlighted for easy note taking, well organized, and presented in a kid-friendly manner. It provides tips and strategies for writing well constructed pieces, vocabulary, lists of similes and metaphors, and grammar practice that focus on writing to interest a reader. It has it all, details, idioms, dialogue, and a list of skills every good writer has to have.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.

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