Adding Dialogue to Narrative Writing

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Lesson Plan Details
2 class periods
Students will create a comic strip using Comic Life Delux that depicts a conversation between two characters in response to a situation. Later, students will correctly write out the same dialogue in paragraph format.
Teachers need access to a computer, a projector, and a BrainPop account. Students need access to computer with the ability to word process, a printer, and art supplies.

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to upload the free Comic Life Delux application onto student computers, samples of a comic strip and a written dialogue in paragraph fromat.


Day 1

1)   Introduce dialogue using the BrainPop: Dialogue video.

2)   Model correct dialogue format on whiteboard using indents, capital letters, quotation marks, commas, and end punctuation.

3)   View LearnZillion: Revise to include dialogue and inner thinking.

4)   Introduce comic strip dialogue project steps: (create comic strip, print comic strip, illustrate comic strip, write dialogue from comic strip in paragraph  format, print dialogue in paragraph format, mount comic strip and dialogue in paragraph format side by side for presentation)

5)   Model for students how to use Comic Life Delux to author their own comic strip depicting a conversation between two characters.  First, students will choose the format of their comic strip boxes they like. Next, students will add speech balloons to the blank comic strip cells and type the words that the characters say aloud. (Note: the comic strip will be illustrated by hand after printing. Comic Life Delux will only be used to add speech bubbles and type the dialogue between the charaters.)


Day 2

1)   Students create a dialogue use Comic Life Delux between two characters and print a copy of their comic strip.

2)   Students use art supplies to illustrate their comic strip.


Day 3

1)   Model for students how to convert the dialogue they depicted in their comic strip into comic book format.

2)   Students use a word processing program to type the dialogue from their comic strip into paragraph format.

3)   Students print their finished dialogue paragraph and mount it side-by-side with their comic strip.

4)   Students present their finished comic strip dialogue to the class.


Finished student comic strips and the corresponding writted dialogues will be assessed upon the correct use of dialogue format.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Digital Citizenship: 
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
Career Related Learning Standards
CR3A. Locate, process, and convey information using traditional and technological tools.