CHARACTER TALK

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Characters in stories talk in unique ways--with words that reflect their personalities. You can't just move dialogue between characters in a story. Someone bossy says things in a different way than someone with a big ego or someone who has an over-the-top personality. In the video above, you'll see examples of how each of these types of characters talk.

Encourage your students as READERS to notice how characters in picture books talk and then discuss why their styles or ways of talking are good matches for their personalities. Next challenge your students to go one step further and generate NEW conversation for picture book characters. What would Fancy Nancy or Skippyjon Jones or Amelia Bedelia say if they were running late or were at a movie premiere or relaxing at the beach? (Note: This generating-conversation activity is modeled in the video above.)

As students notice how characters in books talk, then challenge them to improve the conversation of characters in their own stories. How can they WRITE conversation that matches their characters, that reveals their personalities?

During SHARE TIME, have students share strong "character talk" examples from books they are reading and from their own writing.

In the COMMENT section, suggest names of YOUR favorite DISTINCT CHARACTERS.

HANDOUT:
Character Talk Handout

LINKS:
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinsky
Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by Lynn Plourde & John Schoenherr
You're Wearing THAT to School?! by Lynn Plourde & Sue Cornelison

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