Creative Writing Workshop: Dialogue Mini Lesson

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9th - 12th
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28 pages
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Teach your students how to craft and punctuate strong dialogue with this mini-lesson and writing workshop! Equipped with everything you need to teach hard and soft skills around writing dialogue, this lesson is a must-have when you're teaching narrative writing!

With the slideshow, students will learn why dialogue is effective in narrative writing, what makes for strong dialogue, and how to properly format and punctuate dialogue. Then, they will practice the mechanics of punctuation with a worksheet before a hands-on writing activity.

In the activity, students will receive three random strips of paper from you (two characters, their conversation topic, and what they're doing while talking) and must craft dialogue for the scene.

This NON-EDITABLE resource includes:

  • Suggested lesson plan
  • 30 topic strips for the writing activity
  • Dialogue worksheet (punctuation focused)
  • Dialogue Practice worksheet (crafting dialogue focused)
  • Dialogue PowerPoint slideshow
  • Answer Key for the dialogue worksheet

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Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.


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