Lesson Plan

Narrative Writing: Adding Dialogue

This lesson challenges young learners to add dialogue to their writing. Students will love using their creativity to write personal narratives.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to incorporate dialogue into their personal narratives.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Tell the class that you are going to tell them two quick stories. Explain that they are going to vote about which story was better.
  • Share one story without dialogue and one with dialogue to show how adding dialogue to stories can be more entertaining.
    • Story 1: I was walking through the grocery store one day with my mom. She saw a cart coming straight toward me, but I didn't see it. I ran right into the cart and landed in a heap on the floor. It was such a disaster.
    • Story 2: I was walking through the grocery store one day with my mom. All of a sudden, she yelled out, "Watch out for that cart!" I was starting to turn around to see what she was talking about, but the cart was coming too quickly. I yelled out, "Oh no! Stop!" as the car came crashing into me. As I landed in a heap on the floor I screamed, "Ouch, watch out next time!" It was such a disaster.
  • Point out that it also helps the listener better understand the characters' thoughts and emotions.
  • Ask the students to vote about which story they thought was better. Have them show a one on their fingers if they thought story one was better and a two if they thought story two was better.
  • Ask the students, “Why was story two better?”