This simple, engaging writing activity allows students to focus on VOICE as they structure an unusual encounter between two familiar – but very different - characters.
What would happen if the Chik-Fil-A Cow spoke to Abraham Lincoln? Or if Buzz Lightyear conversed with Santa Claus? What would they say and how would they say it? And how did they find themselves together in the first place?
Students will practice the literary skills of establishing characters in a context, developing characterization through dialogue, and writing with voice.
You will receive…
- mini lesson handout on tone of voice (with class activity) and voice in writing
- mini lesson teacher’s guide
- list of familiar characters
- directions and rubric for Two-Character Conversation
- exemplar for Two-Character Conversation
- planning page with two graphic organizer options
- planning page exemplar
Use this easy-to-implement lesson for a sub plan, or adapt this two-character format for any kind of practice:
- weekly vocabulary words, roots, prefixes, and suffixes
- use of various clause/sentence types
- use of helping, linking, and action verbs
- passive vs. active voice
*PREVIEW shows the back side of the mini-lesson handout.*