Last week, our fifth graders were introduced to the rules of dialogue writing through the picture book, One Cool Friend, by Tony Buzzeo. Once the rules of dialogue writing were established, the students practiced writing lines of dialogue through various activities.
Then, to officially kick off our unit in Narrative Writing, our students were exposed to the wordless picture book, Wave, by Suzy Lee. After “reading” the picture book, the students listened to my interpretation of the storyline. They then shared their own interpretation of the story.
Once it was understood that people can interpret wordless picture books differently, the students were divided into partnerships and assigned their own wordless picture book. With their partner, students developed a storyline to go with the illustrations. They used post-its to write the text for each page, and placed the post-its on the coordinating pages of the book.
This week, students will use their wordless picture books as the foundation for their narrative writing piece. They will write their narratives utilizing dialogue. What an exciting week we have in store!