Monologues Lesson for Kids: Examples & How to Write

Instructor: Kristen McNeely

Kristen has taught elementary students for five years and has a master's degree in teaching.

In this lesson, we'll explore some famous monologues from children's books and movies. We'll also learn how to write our own monologues, using those examples as models.

Monologues

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who does most of the talking, where instead of giving you a chance to share your thoughts, the discussion becomes one-sided? We see this in books and movies, too. Characters take over a portion of a scene by way of a longer speaking part; this is a monologue. During a monologue, a character may be speaking to another character, to the audience, or to themselves.

Monologues in Movies

In Finding Nemo, Marlin is searching for his son, Nemo, who was captured by a scuba diver. Marlin meets Dory, another fish who reports seeing the boat that took Nemo away. We discover that Dory may not be much help in the search for Nemo because of her memory issues. Leading up to Dory's monologue, Marlin is frustrated that Dory has only made the journey more difficult and wants to give up the search altogether.

Dory's monologue is an attempt to persuade Marlin not to leave her. He seems to be the only one who helps her remember anything in life, and she pleads for him to not give up on her:

''No. No, you can't. ...STOP! Please don't go away. Please? No one's ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave...if you leave... I just, I remember things better with you! I do, look! P. Sherman, forty-two...forty-two... I remember it, I do. It's there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And...and I look at you, and I...and I'm home! Please...I don't want that to go away. I don't want to forget.''

Monologues in Books

Charlotte's Web is a book set on Zuckerman's Farm. The main character is a pig named Wilbur, who doesn't want to be killed for his meat. He asks the other farm animals for help, and one particular creature takes on the challenge. Charlotte, a spider who feels badly for Wilbur, promises to help prove he is worthy of living and sends him to bed feeling hopeful.

In this monologue, Charlotte is speaking to herself; she wants to keep her promise to Wilbur, but isn't sure how. Her process of thinking out loud helps her come up with an idea to help him.

''What to do. What to do. I promised to save his life, and I am determined to keep that promise. But how? Wait a minute. The way to save Wilbur is to play a trick on Zuckerman. If I can fool a bug, I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs. Of course, that's it.''

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