One of the skills my students have always struggled with when doing Narrative writing whether they were Middle School or Elementary students is how to use dialogue. When using dialogue, students have to consider rules of punctuation, characterization, and paragraphing. Using dialogue correctly is a higher level writing skill. (Using dialogue falls under CCSS Writing Standard 3 (Narrative Writing) part B at most of the grade levels.
This year I would like to spend a little more time on how to use dialogue. Thus, I decided to search Pinterest and the internet for ideas on teaching dialogue.
Writing Fix has a couple lessons on dialogue. Here are some links:
The last lesson is the one I wanted to use with my student's this year as a review of dialogue and I ran out of time. It uses the book The Web Files.
We did a unit on mysteries, so I thought this would be a cute lesson to incorporate with mysteries. They write a dialogue to describe the facts of a crime (sort of like the old show Dragnet.)
...So, now I return to this post several hours later after bootcamp, walking the dog, dinner, and a shower. When I find a ton of great resources, they tend to turn into really long posts and take forever to write. Sometimes there are so many great things to share. So I think I am going to have to sometimes split a topic over a couple days so I can share lots of things with you without the post getting way too long.
If you have followed me for awhile, you know I love all things Read Write Think. Here are a couple links to some lessons on dialogue from Read Write Think that look great:
Last for today, but certainly not least is a freebie on dialogue from Miss Nannini. I can promise you this little unit is getting printed out and put in my Common Core Language Arts binder under dialogue. If you click on the picture below, you can go see her blog post about this freebie.