Here is a fun song that I use to introduce quotation marks.
There is also a great Brainpop video on dialogue.
Once students have had some practice using quotation marks, we get to work on word choice. I love using The Wolf Who Cried Boy to model word choice for dialogue.
This book has excellent examples of using words in replace of "said". One of my favorite parts is when the young wolf was complaining about what was for dinner.
"Lamburgers again," he whined.
"Sloppy Does," he howled.
"Chocolate Moose," he whimpered.
While I read this book to my class, I asked them to clap every time they heard a word to replace "said". A couple of them decided to make a face the few times that the word "said" was used. I enjoy adding movement to my lessons, as it really helps keep my students focused.
After we read the book, we generated a chart with words to use to replace "said". This is what we came up with.
After we made the chart, students worked with their writing partners to revise the dialogue in their personal narratives.
Students are doing a great job with this so far. I am looking forward to the final products.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!