Daily Dialogue Activities
Writing Select three students who will sit at a table at the front of the room and pretend they're in a restaurant. Select a fourth student to be the waiter. As the students act out a scene, have the rest of the class write down, in proper dialogue format, everything that is said. Repeat the activity with different scenarios: a barber shop, a mall, a reunion, etc.
Choosing Clear and Varied Dialogue Tags: A Mini-Lesson
In this mini-lesson, students explore the use of dialogue tags such as "he said" or "she answered" in picture books and novels, discussing their purpose, form, and style. Students identify dialogue tags in stories, collaboratively revise a passage from a novel to add more variety to the tags, and then apply the text structure to stories that they have written.
Writing Dynamic Dialogue Lesson Plan: Vocabulary, Punctuation, and Practice
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 through 8, students will work in groups to create dialogue with varying word choice and vocabulary, learn how to punctuate dialogue correctly, and practice using and placing a variety of speech tags.
Writing Really Good Dialogue
First, students will learn how to understand and identify the difference between real life and novel dialogue. Then the will write dialogue that moves a story forward and helps define characters.
Creative Writing Lesson Plan: Dialogue
Students will be able to identify the ways in which a character's unique personality changes the way he or she would speak about something.