DIALOG: Storytelling Roles & Formatting Conventions | Tags, Beats & Punctuation

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Room 2 Ruminations
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3rd - 8th
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34 pages
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Integrate this dialog-writing intensive into a writing workshop or teach as a stand-alone unit.

This Google slideshow features:

  • Comic-style explainer sequences that cover the role of dialog in story-telling and offer easy-to-understand definitions and examples of several aspects of “dialog anatomy,” including punctuation and paragraphing, dialog tags, and dialog beats. 
  • Videos and editable Kahoots that reinforce concepts introduced in the slides. Look for Kahoot links in the speaker notes section beneath the slides where Kahoots appear.
  • Questions for discussion.
  • Sentence-smoothing Strategy: Comma + ing Infographic, Anchor Chart/Poster & Game
  • A link to slideshow content as an editable reference guide on Google docs.
  • Editable formatting. Change any element of the slideshow to fit your own needs. Swap out examples here with ones that will work better for your students. Swap out clip art here for your own images, or find ones that suit you more at a copyright-free image library like Noun Project. Slides in each section appear in order of complexity. Customize and differentiate by skipping or modifying.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.


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