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Where to place quotation marks, when a character is speaking, can be a difficult task for young students to master. This is a step-by-step unit to teach the basics.
First, use the colored print outs as demonstration pages when you model how to write a sentence that a speaker says. Either place under the document camera or just print and use magnets to hold up the pages on your board. The graphics are fairly large for this reason. Afterwards, these could also be laminated and used in a center for extra practice, using a dry erase marker.
Then, to check for understanding, have a student come to the board and use a dry erase marker. Have them draw a stick figure with a speech bubble. The student writes a sentence inside, adds quotation marks, then erases the bubble.
Next, all students have independent practice on the the BxW printable version included, but not shown in the thumbnails. Various assessment pages are also included.
The only character throughout the product is a girl. There is a blonde haired girl and a brunette. It's easier to teach this lesson, for the first time, when students use the same character as the teacher.
If you feel your students are ready to use quotation marks when there are two speakers, you will find that you can pair up two girls, one page with a girl in a pink shirt, and one page with a girl in a white shirt. The girls can each say a sentence to each other, if you place them side by side. I think it would be fun if students wrote a joke for their assessment in the form of a dialogue. The first girl might say, "What day do chickens hate most?" The second girl answers her with , "Fry-days!" Assess if students wrote the sentence correctly and used proper punctuation and quotation marks, as well.
A jumping off point would be having students use speakers other than the girl, teaching students to add the speakers name or a pronoun (with the added comma) such as 'He said, "____."
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