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Diving for Dialogue

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Digital Literacy

Reading and Writing

In this Minecraft adventure, players will engage in solving a complex problem and consider the ways they might dialogue with a range of characters.

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July 16, 2020

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is a writing challenge held each year in November for aspiring writers aiming to write a brand new novel.

Learning Objectives

  • Take notes on dialogue tips from professional writers via National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
  • Practice writing dialogue to enhance a story.
  • Use dialogue from professional mentor texts for support and inspiration.

Guiding Ideas

  • What are some ways to write dialogue in ways that engage a reader?
  • How do writers use dialogue to help readers understand a speaker’s thoughts and actions?
  • What are things to try when writing dialogue?
  • What are things to avoid?
  • What can writers add to the speaker’s words to develop a written scene?

Student Activities

Teacher preparation and notes:

  • Ask students to identify examples of dialogue in texts they have at home, or texts found in the school library?
  • What do young writers notice about the conventions of dialogue in published texts? (Chart responses)
  • What do young writers notice about the details authors include in dialogue? (Chart responses)

Student experiences:

  • Students will begin on a mountaintop where they will read tips and see examples that will help them write dialogue.
  • When they’ve made notes about the advice they encounter in the game, they’ll teleport to an island, where non-player characters all describe a problem that needs solving, with each wanting their needs met first.
  • The player works to try to solve the problem, and thinks about how to respond to each character.
  • They’ll choose one of the character interactions in the game to write as a dialogue, applying the tips they’ve learned, and incorporating experiences from their game play.
  • The student will have the ability to create their own NPCs and add dialogue directly into the game, if interested.

Performance Expectations

Students will write a short scene from their Minecraft adventure. Their writing should: (a) establish context; (b) describe speaker’s thoughts and/or actions; (c) include dialogue tags; and (d) incorporate dialogue that advances the narrative.

Optional Extensions

  • Students can work independently to extend the written story of their Minecraft challenge.
  • Students can use their written scene to create a soundtrack to accompany the screen recording of their selected scene. They might include opening captions, narration, and dialogue (with or without dialogue bubbles).

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is a writing challenge held each year in November for aspiring writers aiming to write a brand new novel.