Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

2015 Semester 2


Scribble:  Sarah A.   Kid Snippets:  "Cooking Show -- Cookies"

Next time:  Ellie P.

Number 1-12 spin:


Today:  Punctuating Dialogue
Create a Dialogue:  Write a scene in which one character is trying to convince another character to do something he or she doesn't want to do, using only dialogue

Here is an example from Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter:

     "I can't; I won't!" Justine said, her hands flying up to cover her neck.
     "But think of all the advantages," the vampire said.
     "Like what?"
     "You'll live forever."
     "And watch all the people I love grow old and die?"
     "You can meet new people."
     "And suck out their blood."
     "There's another advantage too."
     "Forget it.  My mind is made up."
     "Just listen."
     "Your skin will look great.  You'll never get another zit."
     "Really?" Justine's hands slowly moved away from her neck. "Not even if I eat chocolate?" 

2. What are the rules for dialogue? 
a. What makes strong, effective dialogue?

Dialogue: -- Class comments today:

For each paragraph only one person is speaking.
It must be a conversation among two or more people.
Could be a monologue.
Avoid too little, and avoid too much.
Make sure the reader knows who is speaking.
Use "said" or, if there is another BETTER word, use it.
Be careful about shouting.
End punctuation usually goes inside the quotation marks. 

b. What are the rules for dialogue? 

Punctuating Conversation I

Punctuating Conversation II

Computer Lab 223 -- after this -- 


In the computer lab, go back and correct any problems with punctuation in your own dialogue. 

Then, in the computer lab -- 
Sentence Variety:  Fill out this sheet for your own short story on Kidblog.
 Checking for Effective Sentence Variety.docx

Sample for Checking for Effective Sentence Variety.docx
The sample uses   Chapter 1 of The Maze Runner by James Dashner
See the preview.

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