Narrative Basics Lesson 4: Speech and Dialogue
Story - Narrative
Middle years and up
speech as action
mixing speech with action
- Teach students to write richer and more authentic dialogue in Middle Years narratives.
- What are characters doing when they talk to each other? In this lesson, we explore speech as a form of action—how characters ask questions, get information, encourage, intimidate, and so on. We also look at some basic dialogue conventions and techniques, including reported speech, and creating distinctive voices. We use snippets from a variety of authors including Fracaswell Hyman, Jason Reynolds, and M.T. Anderson. This lesson contains 16 activities and will take most students 3-4 hours to complete. UPDATE: If you want to assign individual pages from this lesson, search for "dialogue activity".