Writing Dialogue: Revising Historical Narrative Drafts to Add Dialogue

By the tenth lesson plan in a language arts unit, young writers have written, revised, and peer-edited their historical fiction narratives. Fourth graders finally pull all of their revision notes together to create a second draft. The double-spaced second draft includes ideas, transition words, and dialogue.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add the completed first and second drafts to the on-going work folders
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide sticky notes for learners to write dialogue, and have them stick it to their draft indicating where they want it to go in their writing
  • Note that each revision is completed with different colors: red, green, and blue
  • The 10th lesson of 16 that guides learners towards writing a historical fiction narrative

  • Prompts individuals to consider how adding dialogue can improve their draft
  • Designed for Common Core
  • Lesson is outlined clearly with procedures, necessary materials, and homework ideas

  • None
Common Core