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Choosing Clear and Varied Dialogue Tags: A Minilesson
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Minilesson|
|Estimated Time||50 minutes|
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
Dialogue Tags handout
- 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.