Introduce students to the use of dialogue in stories, how to write dialogue, and how to interpret dialogue with our engaging Understanding Dialogue Lesson Plan. Strengthen reading comprehension as your students understand that the words a character speaks in a story may be used to help interpret the character’s thoughts and feelings. Students will also develop their written expression skills as they learn how to write dialogue to enhance their story writing. This lesson also stimulates critical thinking as students understand that while words people say or write have meaning, those words are not always predictors of a character’s or person’s action.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
1. Display several quotes from current reading content. Ask students what the words mean to them.
2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask if the quotes can tell them anything about the people saying them.
3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: Have you ever been happy and said something that sounded
4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Understanding Dialogue.
5. Distribute Understanding Dialogue content pages. Read and review the information with the students, and use additional examples for students to identify a character’s feelings or thoughts. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Encourage students to be creative. Allow sufficient time for students to create the rough drafts. (The teacher may choose to review the rough draft before students complete the final copy.) Circulate through the room to ensure students remain on task.
7. Once students have completed, student pairs will share their newly written stories to the class. Ask students to identify dialogue and what it may mean about the speaker’s feelings, etc.
8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review, allow students to share their responses.
9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review, allow the students to share their responses.
10. In closing, ask: Describe the most memorable conversation you have ever had with someone. If a person read the conversation, would they have known how you were feeling? Why or why not?
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.B
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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