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I divide the class into groups, place them at the charts and let them start writing! The only rules are
- No talking out loud.
- All dialogue must be punctuated correctly.
I usually give each group about 3-5 minutes, then call time and the groups move on to the next chart. This is such a great creative writing activity with lots of practice writing direct quotations. Plus, its always hilarious to wrap up the lesson by coming back together as a whole group to see how the conversations end up! Be prepared to do this activity several times because the kids will want to use different combinations of people.
How about you? Have you taught a lesson similar to this or do you have another great way to practice writing quotations? I'd love to hear from you!
Have you heard of Common Core Classroom yet? It's an amazing new blog with great ideas for teaching the new Common Core Standards. I'm honored and excited to be an author there! You'll find this post and many others that I'm sure will be a great help as we all try to learn and implement the new standards: