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Objectives: The teacher will conduct a workshop on how to write your own dialogue.
Goals: The students will be able to write their own dialogue, as it would be published in a play or other script. It should be able to be read and understood as a real conversation would. This should help students as they prepare for their final creative projects and might, in fact, lead into a final project.
Materials: Two copies of Romeo and Juliet (the play), pencils and paper for each student.
-Pick two students to do the dialogue of Romeo and Juliet. Instruct the students to pick any page and start reading.
-After a few lines, explain to the students that what they just read was the dialogue of the play.
-Explain how dialogue is any back and forth conversation between two parties.
2. Partner Dialogue
-Break students up into pairs and begin a conversation, each student will write down what the other is saying to them. After each person has taken a few turns of speaking back and forth, they will read what they have back to that person (reverse the conversation, the students will recite the conversation as it took place, but use the dialogue of their partner).
-Pick one or two groups to present their dialogue. The teacher will emphasize that when writing a dialogue from scratch the conversation must flow as if it were really taking place and that when writing a dialogue of two people speaking, the dialogue must be quoted word for word.
3. Dialogue Assignment
-Assign for homework.
-If time remains, allow students to begin working on the dialogue assignment.
Homework: Dialogue Assignment - Half of the class will be instructed to record a conversation between two people (themselves not included) as if it were to be published. The other half of the class will have to invent their own dialogue between two people discussing generational conflict in some way. Both groups are to have their dialogue typed (12 point font, double-spaced) and ready to hand in at the beginning of class the next day. They should keep in mind that when writing these dialogues they should be able to be picked up by anyone and performed/read, flowing as a real conversation would.