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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Writing Dialogue using Technology

Last year, we taught our students how to write dialogue.  You can see the post HERE.  This year, we decided to teach it again but this time we integrated technology into our  lesson.  It was so much fun and the kids are begging to do it again and again. 

We started the lesson with what we call the "Hook".  This is a quick way to get our students interested in what we will be teaching.  We found some great videos on YouTube to introduce dialogue.

After we watched one of The Debu Debu Stories, we told students that they would learn how to write dialogue.  We then defined dialogue as the conversation between characters.  We modeled writing dialogue from 2 familiar stories, Brave Bear by Kathy Mallat and When Sophie Gets Angry Really Really Angry by Molly Bang.   After modeling for students, it was their turn to practice writing.  We chose 2 more familiar stories, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells and Maisy's Pool by Lucy Cousins.  We guided the students how to write dialogue correctly before sending them off to write on their own.  For the independent practice, we reminded them about a story we read titled A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats.  If you haven't read this story it is a great one.  The students can really relate to the main character, Peter. 

Here are some samples of their dialogue they came up with all on their own.

The students not only understood dialogue as you can see from the samples, but were ready to take it to the next level.  In order to do this we integrated technology and used this great app
called Bookabi.  It is a free app where the students are able to pick out their own setting, characters and can use their voices to record their dialogue.  We wanted it to be a collaborative project so we had them work in pairs. 

Bookabi app

Here are some of the finished products.


 We hope you try to teach dialogue to your students and use technology to assist you in the process!

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