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Character Clash: A Minilesson on Paragraphing and Dialogue

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Character Clash: A Minilesson on Paragraphing and Dialogue

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

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Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Colorful highlighters and/or markers—each student will need several different colors to choose from

  • Student-selected pieces of writing

  • Overhead or computer-projected example of narrative for class demonstration

  • Word processing program or HTML editor and computers (optional)

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PRINTOUTS

Character Clash Instructions

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Before this lesson, students will have written a text of some sort that includes dialogue. You might use the lesson plan A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Images to Detailed Narrative.

  • If students are to use word processing programs or HTML editors, you might prepare a sheet that explains how to change font colors in the program.

  • If desired, test the Dialogue Tags guide on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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