Teaching dialogue can be rough! I like to ease the pain by adding a little fun through comics!
Teach the rules of Dialogue, using quotes, and proper punctuation.
I like this free resource from Young Teacher Love
Review when to begin a new paragraph.
This can be tough for kids... I had a hard time explaining it all until I stumbled upon PATS
Start a new paragraph when there is a change in
I take some time pointing out real examples from real books during our read aloud, I project a page to display and then do a slow read. Kids have a lot of fun explaining why the author started a new paragraph!
Introduce the assignment with examples.
On this day, I show the students a simple Peanuts comic. I explain how the story is told through the pictures as well as the dialogue. Together, we talk about inferences we can make about what happened before the comic, what might have happened in between each picture, and what each character must be thinking. From there, I show them an example written by me.
At this point, I also have to explain perspective and point of view. I point out which character I am telling the story from or explain why I decided to tell it from third person point of view. I read the story out loud, each student has a copy of the comic as well as my writing. We go through and discuss descriptions of action I used, when I changed paragraphs and why, and how I incorporated the dialogue from my story into my comic.
Day 3 or 4 (depending on class and time.)
I then pass out comics to each student and let them get busy!
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." - Alexandra K. Trenfor