This assignment meets two real goals. The first is to have students practice using dialogue correctly. The second is to have students practice getting up in front of their classmates for speeches.
After reviewing how to punctuation dialogue, my students draw a number from one to 18 to see which characters they are going to create short conversations for. They are all fun and creative. For example, they may have Russell Wilson and Thor talk about throwing techniques or Santa Claus and Neil Armstrong talking about travel.
Once they get their "characters" and the situation, they create "perfect" dialogue. I give feedback and they fix it and make a final draft form.
Then, students use this dialogue to "become" those characters. These fun conversations are great ways to get students comfortable with being in front of the class and to knock down any nervousness about giving speeches.
Included are teacher instructions, student instructions and learning targets, eighteen different character dialogue starters with appropriate and fun situations, and a 4-point rubric scale to grade the dialogue and presentation.
I hope you enjoy it as much as my students do! It was an excellent learning opportunity!