We’ve been studying dialogue the past couple of weeks as we worked on spooky narratives. Students studied the dialogue rules (chanting comma, capital, quotations ad nauseam), edited copious DOL style sentences, created a tombstone for Said (because Said is Dead) listing a ton of different dialogue tags, creating both a Wordle and Tagxedo word cloud with dialog tags, and included at least two examples of dialogue in their Halloween narratives. Noticing that we still didn’t quite get this whole separate the tag from the quote thing, I did a quick reteach and then what turned into a bulletin board worthy performance assessment.
I read the famous Where the Wild Things Are aloud to my children, having them point out the few examples of dialogue found in the book. (I also planned an editing lesson using that book – it’s full of run on sentences!) I also pointed out that the Wild Rumpus has no words. I made it my students’ job to give words to the Wild Rumpus. Students each chose a page from the story and used sticky notes to add dialogue to the illustration. The requirements were that the dialogue had to be relevant to the story, include dialogue tags (keeping in mind that Said is Dead), and use appropriate conventions.
Once the students had created their conversation, they uploaded a photo of their page from Dropbox to the app Comic Touch Lite. Here they added speech bubbles for each character to the image. Even though they were technically speech bubbles, the students had to include the dialogue tags as well because we’re working on the punctuation of these types of sentences. The results came out awesome and totally became my next bulletin board.
Giving Word to the Wild Rumpus Rubric - Wild Rumpus Dialog Activity