Who Said That?! Dialogue and Quotation Mark Unit for Readers & Writers!

It’s Sunday evening, which means people all over the world are sad because tomorrow is Monday.  Don’t get me wrong. I <3 my job, my classroom, and my kids. But I also love having time to enjoy being home and being able to spend extra time with my family.  So let’s have a product giveaway to make this Sunday night a little sweeter. πŸ™‚ 

As many of you know, my first graders have turned into crazy writers. As in, they write all.the.time. I had to make a rule last week that they could only choose ONE piece of writing to share with the class each week; otherwise, we would be having Author’s Chair for three hours a day. 

I noticed that many of my kiddos have started to include dialogue within their narratives recently. Except, they were not using it correctly – at all. They had quotation marks around every word, and one little girls’ entire paragraph was a whole line of dialogue. Time for some mini lessons? I think so! πŸ™‚

I created this dialogue unit for primary students, specifically, grades 1 and 2.  However, yesterday, I had a third grade teacher tell me it would work perfectly for introducing dialogue to her class, too! My kids had a lot of fun with this unit. 
Here are some pics of a few activities that we did last week:
We learned this cute little poem that I saw on Pinterest. We also brainstormed some signal words that would be more interesting than using “said” all.the.time in our writing. 

We learned all about speech bubbles and created dialogue for some fun imaginary characters! Then, we learned how to correctly write the dialogue with quotation marks and commas in the appropriate places. 

As a culminating activity, we had a Punctuation Pasta Party!! We used macaroni noodles to add quotation marks and commas to sentences in order to show dialogue.
My kids are getting really good at using dialogue correctly within their narratives now.  
Here are some preview pics of what else is included in the unit, so you can see some of the other things we did to practice this reading and writing skill:

 We also learned more about dialogue within the text and books we read. We used these passages to practice identify who was speaking within the story at various times. The passages require students to look back into the text and find the character who was speaking.  The pack also includes pages you can use with your interactive notebooks. 
This pack is available in my TpT store.  You can find it by clicking HERE
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—Addition— Here are the winners of my little Dialogue giveaway!! Congratulations. πŸ™‚ 
All of your comments were GREAT and very clever!!!! πŸ™‚

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  1. "I'm not allowed to do writing like this at my current school (boo), but I am switching schools next year where we will do writing workshop (hooray!), and I feel like this would definitely be perfect to help teach about dialogue!" said Liz. =)

  2. I need your pasta party quotation mark unit because if I hear my students say, β€œThose are called commas” one more time, I may lose my noodle. πŸ˜‰ I would love to use this for whole group instruction and small group follow-up. Adding meaningful dialogue and learning about quotation marks is always so darn tricky for my first graders. Thanks for the chance to win, I have this on my wish list! laura.scheunemann@wrps.net

  3. I said, "This unit is awesome! It is just what I need to review and re-enforce much needed punctuation skills.Loving the past part!" This would be a fun, motivating way to work on this skill. Great packet!

  4. "The worst thing about teaching second graders about quotation marks is too many random quotation marks popping up everywhere. She might lose her mind or remind herself that "they'll get it in third grade" to feel better about skipping it," said the veteran teacher, hoping to win this pack to alleviate some of that random quotation mark stress.

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