As promised, I am back for Part 2 of my Writing Dialogue posts.
You can read the ideas I shared in my post on Writing Dialogue Part 1 by clicking HERE!
I am here to share with you the last couple of activities we did during our unit and to share a freebie that contains all handouts found in both blog posts! Click HERE to grab the freebie!!
After we discussed the rules to punctuating dialogue, students received a copy of the punctuating dialogue rules posters to add to their writing notebooks.
Each student received a copy of the un-edited version of the dialogue to glue into their writers notebooks.
I modeled the correct punctuation with the students by putting my notebook under my Elmo Document Camera so we could punctuate the paragraph together.
This can be a tough concept for many writers, so I used the gradual release of responsibility. They were not quite ready to do the editing on their own.
Here are the groups working together to put the dialogue together correctly with the correct punctuation and an appropriate dialogue tag. Once they successfully completed this, they transferred each correctly punctuated quote onto a recording sheet.
This was an awesome opportunity for me to walk the room to get a better feel for those students struggling with this concept and to decide whether or not we could move on to the final lesson on the next day.
The next day was the culminating activity to our dialogue unit, and the students were SUPER PUMPED because it involved comics! My students LOVE comics, so needless to say they were happy to practice another day of editing dialogue if it involved some cheesy humor! If you don’t get the Sunday Newspaper, you can find some great comics to print and laminate for future use HERE!