Lesson overview

Story - Narrative
Middle years and up
speech function
speech as action
character voice
dialogue purpose
character relationships
mixing speech with action
expressing emotions
Fracaswell Hyman
Mango Delight
In most narratives, characters will want to talk to each other. But why? What are they doing? This checkpoint activity encourages students to write rich, authentic dialogue by considering what characters are trying to do with their speech, their emotions, and their voices. We use a snippet from Fracaswell Hyman's Mango Delight as a model. This is the last in a series of activities that target different aspects of dialogue.