Planning for When to Include Dialogue: Showing Characters’ Thoughts and Feelings

Young writers examine dialogue conventions, including indentation, quotation marks, and the display of thoughts and feelings through a fictional text. By noticing where and when an author uses dialogue, they decide how to incorporate dialogue into their historical fiction narrative writing pieces. The teacher first models this concept, and then classmates work collaboratively to plan where to put their dialogue.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add completed work to individual work folders to keep everything organized
  • Introduce dialogue with speech bubbles in comic strips
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide highlighters and blue colored pencils for learners to revise their drafts
  • The ninth in a series of 16 lessons that helps learners write historical fiction narratives
  • You'll need to prepare a writing dialogue anchor chart on poster paper
Pros

  • Common Core designed
  • Includes detailed lesson procedures, guiding questions, required materials, homework ideas, and reproducibles
Cons

  • None
Common Core