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On a piece of scrap paper, come up with a “telling” sentence An easy way to do this is to use the verb “to be” ◦ am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been ◦ EX: I am happy / You are the prettiest girl I know / My mom was so strong / They were the meanest kids in 8 th grade / I was trying to be tough / He was being such a brat / You have been so patient with me Place your “tell” sentence into the red box on my desk and wait for further directions.
Everyone will randomly draw a “tell” sentence from the box Turn your “tell” sentence into a “show” paragraph. Remember how we did this yesterday: ◦ Avoid “to be” (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been). Replace it with a more precise verb. ◦ Answer who, what, when, where, why, how? ◦ Use your senses: what do you see, hear, smell, taste, feel? ◦ Start by brainstorming. Create a vivid mental image of the scene, then describe that scene down to the tiniest detail so that your readers can picture it too. ◦ Be prepared to share!
It brings the text/characters to life Communicates information about plot/characters
Avoid overusing “said.” There are more precise dialogue tags. All dialogue should: ◦ Be purposeful/provide the reader with some information. There is no need to include meaningless “filler” or to repeat information that we’ve already learned without the dialogue. Ex: Jenny skipped into class with a huge smile on her face. “I’m so happy today!” she exclaimed. ◦ Be formatted correctly. ◦ Be realistic. How do people really speak? When we’re alone, do we usually speak aloud? More often, we are thinking silently in our minds.
Example conversation: ◦ Hi have you seen my cat Bob said. No Bill said I have no idea where your cat is. If you see my cat will you let me know Bob questioned looking sad. Of course Bill replied with a tone of concern.
Each time a new person starts speaking, skip to a new line and indent. ◦ Hi have you seen my cat Bob said. ◦ No Bill said I have no idea where your cat is. ◦ If you see my cat will you let me know Bob questioned looking sad. ◦ Of course Bill replied with a tone of concern.
All speech (words actually spoken aloud by a character) needs to be inside quotation marks “like this” ◦ “Hi have you seen my cat” Bob said. ◦ “No” Bill said “I have no idea where your cat is.” ◦ “If you see my cat will you let me know” Bob questioned looking sad. ◦ “Of course” Bill replied with a tone of concern.
All dialogue tags (said, asked, replied, etc.) need to be connected to the rest of the sentence using a comma. ◦ EX: “No” Bill said This is a full sentence so it must end with a period ◦ EX: “No” Bill said. The tag “Bill said” must be connected to the rest of the sentence. If you put a period at the end of the quotation, that would be incorrect. ◦ WRONG: “No.” Bill said. Instead, we need to link the quotation and the tag using a comma. ◦ CORRECT: “No,” Bill said.
“Hi, have you seen my cat?” Bob said. “No,” Bill said. “I have no idea where your cat is.” “If you see my cat will you let me know?” Bob questioned, looking sad. “Of course,” Bill replied, with a tone of concern. ◦ *Note: If your quotation is a question (like in lines 1 and 3), it should end in a question mark instead of a comma
Think of a situation where two people are having a conversation. Tell me who the two people are, where they are, and what the conversation is about. Together, come up with 10 lines of dialogue (5 lines per person). Remember that dialogue should be PURPOSEFUL and formatted correctly. Be prepared to share!