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Choosing Clear and Varied Dialogue Tags: A Minilesson

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Choosing Clear and Varied Dialogue Tags: A Minilesson

Grades 3 – 5
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

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Picture book which includes dialogue among the characters

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Transparency of the Dialogue Tags Revision Activity, using an excerpt from Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (Yearling Books, 1998), or a similar passage from a novel the class has read which relies primarily on the dialogue tag "said"

  • Overhead projector

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PRINTOUTS

Dialogue Tags handout

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Make copies of the Dialogue Tags handout.

  • Test the Dialogue Tags interactive 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.

  • Choose a picture book which includes dialogue. This lesson uses Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1958); however, any picture book which demonstrates a variety of dialogue tags will work.

  • Make a transparency of the excerpt from Summer of the Monkeys or another passage you may have chosen for this lesson.

  • Additional background information on writing dialogue can be found at the Collaborating to Write Dialogue page.

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