This four page handout features two charts consisting of 146 different ways to have story characters speak without over using the word “said”. The first chart includes common words for the word “said”, and a second chart lists less common words. All of the words are listed in alphabetical order on both charts. Some words are more familiar than others, but by offering a variety, the students’ vocabulary will likely increase, and their stories should be more pleasant to read. Since this is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list, empty spaces are provided so that your students can keep adding new words.
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