Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dialogue Detectives

How do we learn to write dialogue?

In our classroom we listened to the dilightful conversation in the short story, "Our Good Day," from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. We looked inside The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare and read the dialogue and examine the punctuation and paragraphing:

We took notes and wrote exampes in our notebooks.

Next we practiced adding conversations between characters in our own writing, an example of which would be placed in our interactive notebooks.

Some students creatively wrote in their notebooks:

If you need a reminder about writing dialogue, here is an excellent resource from ReadWriteThink: Dialogue Tags.

Adding dialogue to your writing draws your reader in to become part of your conversation, making your writing real!

If you'd like, you could add one of your character conversations in the comments.

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