Teach students the art of writing dialogue using this step-by-step cooperative lesson plan.
This product contains everything you need to teach dialogue! Students begin the lesson by analyzing the subtle differences dialogue creates when added to narrative writing. Next, students take notes on the rules of punctuation when incorporating dialogue into their writing. After learning the rules of punctuation, students are provided with a guided practice for dialogue punctuation. Lastly, students are broken into groups to complete a collaborative dialogue writing assessment.
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This lesson on writing dialogue is broken down into five easy to follow steps.
Sample paragraphs are provided for the anticipatory activity. Students use the paragraphs to analyze the differences dialogue creates when added to narrative writing.
Dialogue Punctuation Notes:
Students take notes on the rules of dialogue before completing the guided practice or the collaborative assessment. The notes provide students with a strong foundation for writing their own dialogue.
Guided Practice Sentences:
Five sentences are provided for students to correctly punctuate. Ideally, the sentences would be written on the board for students to add punctuation. After all of the sentences have been punctuated, the class reviews for accuracy.
Synonyms for Said:
Before moving on to the group dialogue activity, the class participates in a brainstorming activity producing synonyms for the word said. A complete list of words to replace said is provided.
Cooperative Paragraph Assessment:
Six cooperative paragraphs are provided for the collaborative assessment. Students are put into small groups and given a paragraph that needs to be revised to include dialogue. After accurately incorporating dialogue into their paragraphs, the groups are given plain white paper to rewrite their paragraph with a corresponding illustration.
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