I read the book, Good News, Bad News, by Jeff Mack. It is a great book for studying cause and effect. It’s natural for that! After I read the book one time through, we read through it a second time, and discussed each cause and effect.
The book also lends itself to adding dialogue because the rabbit and the rat interact throughout. The rabbit always looks at the positive side, so he was our “Good News” guy and the rat was always “glass half empty” kind of guy, so he was our “Bad News” rat.
As I read through the book a third time, we added our own dialogue. I wrote down what the students said for each character. Then, I made up a review sheet for the next day, and they punctuated the dialogue correctly. This is the worksheet I made on the next page.
It helps if you read the book to your students. They should have an idea of the “conversation” between the rabbit and the rat throughout the book.
You students do NOT have to read the book to be able to use the worksheet on the next page. The sentences are pretty basic. They can simply read them and punctuate them correctly!
You can have students complete the worksheet(s) independently, or you can cut the strips apart and have one student complete one line each and then share with the class. Or you can cut apart a section and let groups of students work together to complete the sentences. Do what works for you and your students!
Answer key is included.
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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.BUse dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.2.BUse commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.