Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Dialogue, and supports the standard of using dialogue to show characters’ response to situations. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a snippet of written dialogue, like this one from the movie (timestamp: 1:26):

Ask students:

  • How can you tell who’s speaking?
  • How can dialogue develop a story’s characters? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Dialogue topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Did You Know?” or “Quotables.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about dialogue while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce an interview with a fictional character using dialogue to highlight elements of their personality. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map analyzing examples of one character’s dialogue in a book or movie. Identify how the dialogue contributes to the character development. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic in which dialogue reveals how two characters react differently in a stressful situation. (Essential Literacy Skill: Integrate content presented in diverse media)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Dialogue Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Dialogue Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of narrative texts with these topics: Point of View and Story Conflict.

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