Inferring Details from Dialogue Quotes is a fun way for students to practice making inferences, to collaborate with diverse partners, and to promote lively class discussions.
Each quote is part of a conflict that needs to be solved (problem/solution). However, the fact that it is being showcased out of context, opens each line up for interpretation, personalization and discussion.
For instance, if students have been involved in situations in which the dialogue quote was spoken, they can use the line as a springboard to write a narrative snapshot - where the readers are dropped right into their conflict.
Or if the line reminds them of conflicts they’ve observed in a movie or at school, for example they can retell that incident - using details to recreate the scene for their readers.
Of course, the story can be completely fictional, too.
The goal is to get students to use inference skills to suggest situations that may have prompted someone to say the line that is on display - or one that they were dealt.
Learning to write pieces that reach readers on an emotional level and giving student practice inferring from clues offered by writers are important skills across genres.
One way to use these quotes is as quick write prompts (6-minute writing sprints) to give students practice with:
Prewriting – LIST IT: Students list 3 situations in which the dialogue line-of-the-day could have been used.
Collaborating with Diverse Partners – SHARE IT: Students share their ideas and add 2 more to their own list.
Short, On-Demand Writings – WRITE IT: Students write a story or a story opening which includes the dialogue prompt.
Another way is to set up Gab & Go Stations (all the materials you need to run Gab & Go sessions are included).
CHECK OUT THE 2-MINUTE GAB & GO VIDEO:
SETTING UP AND USING GAB & GO STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
What do you get?
50 – 8.5 x 11 Dialogue Prompts – Color Presentation Slides/Posters
50 – 2.3 x 3.5 Dialogue Prompts (Black and White Versions of the
Poster Slides - 4 per page)
2 – Center or Display Posters (Color and Black and White)
Directions for Use with Sample (Color and Black and White)
Station Materials for Hosting Gab & Go Sessions (see video)
More “Writing from Quotes” Products:
Quotation Quick Writes: Copy It. Explain It. Personalize It.
LINK: QUOTATION QUICK WRITES
Movie Quotes: Writing Prompts
LINK: MOVIE QUOTES
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