As a writing teacher for over twenty years, I found that when writing narratives my students invariably wanted to include conversation. Although, I applauded their willingness to take risks, I found that most of them did not know how to go about writing dialogue.
I don't know if you are like me, but my writing is almost a part of me and I get my feeling hurt if someone criticizes it. My students felt the same way. So, instead of letting them go ahead and write dialogue, find many errors when they edited and become discouraged, I decided to teach a lesson on writing conversation right away.
I feel that it was successful because it cut down on students feeling they had failed in their writing. Furthermore, students will be better prepared for writing plays and oral communication in which cooperative group are assigned parts.
The three goals for this lesson are that students will know:
Every time there is a new speaker, a new paragraph begins. .
There is a Comma separating who is speaking and the exact
words being said
Quotations Marks are at the beginning and end of the exact
In this lesson, your students will not sit back and listen. They will actively participate as you guide them through the process. This is a tried-and-true method of writing dialogue I have used yearly with very good results.
A short Formative Assessment is provided, in addition to Instructional materials, practice materials, scripted lesson plans and answer keys.
See how it works for you… I would love to have feedback!
Best wishes, Ginger
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