Dialogue Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about dialogue. A video lesson shares examples of dialogue, warming students up to the concept, and a text lesson teaches how to write dialogue. Guided practice and an activity allow students to become dialogue pros.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and analyze examples of dialogue
  • correctly write and punctuate dialogue

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Dialogue
  • Quotation
  • Quotation marks

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2.c

Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Divide students into partners or small groups and give each a comic strip. If the strip has two characters, for example, make that a group of two. If three, make that a group of three.
  • Tell students to read the comic together and then assume a character and read it like a performance, each student taking a part.
  • Ask students if anyone knows what it is called when there is a conversation like this, leading them to the term 'dialogue.'
  • Label chart paper 'Dialogue' and start the video lesson Examples of Dialogue: Lesson for Kids.
  • Pause at 0:47 and write the definition for dialogue on your anchor chart.
  • With students, discuss and record a list of reasons writers use dialogue.
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson.
  • Label a subsection of the chart 'Punctuation in Dialogue' and record the two parameters outlined in the video lesson.
  • Take the associated quiz together to check understanding.

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