Describing how the speaker is speaking in a narrative is one of the best ways to show the reader how a character is feeling or thinking. SAID is the first and easiest word for young writers to use in dialogue, but it can be very much overused if no other options are offered. This download offers a varied list of alternatives to SAID. Additionally, it teaches young writers that there are certain dialogue words that more effectively show:
WHY the speaker is speaking- What is their motivation or intent?
HOW the speaker is speaking- What does the speech sound like or what feeling or emotion is it trying to convey?
With the help of a good word list, writers can select and use the dialogue words that are best suited for what feeling, emotion, thought, or action the character is trying to convey. I hope this resource helps you and your students as they practice and perfect their writing skills!
This download includes:
* Dialogue Words Reference Handout
* Dialogue Words “Notebook Mark” –Run off back to back, on cardstock..