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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


National Council of Teachers of English


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A. Victory

March 01, 2014

While this lesson is useful for teaching children to identify dialog, it is handicapping them by teaching them bad habits. A dialog tag is something that is synonymous with say, and something that you do with speech. You say words. You can even hiss a word. But you don't laugh words, you don't threaten words, you don't remember them (well, you can recall them later, but that's a whole different thing). Sadly, I think there are going to be a lot of confused teachers and adults when they start trying to do creative writing and don't understand how to actually punctuate dialog.



February 27, 2011

Excellent lesson! It was very easy to follow and contains a lot of meaningful activities. My ESL students will love this lesson. Thanks again.....



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