Reflection: Modeling Who Said That? - Section 1: Do Now


Teacher modeling was extremely important with this particular skill. There are many variations on dialogue tags, so I had to be sure to model what students would encounter in the text. For example, in the fifth line from the bottom, Caleb continues talking, but the author does not add a dialogue tag. I pointed out that Caleb continues on and the ellipses indicate a pause in his speech. I also had to point out that it was Mama who said, “Isn’t he beautiful, Anna?” The reader knows that Anna did not say that because she would not use her own name. Initially, students thought that Anna had asked the question. A light went on when I reminded them a character rarely uses their own name.

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Who Said That?

Unit 2: Sarah, Plain and Tall
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze dialogue tags to identify who is speaking in a narrative.

Big Idea: Readers can learn about characters and story events by paying attention to what the characters say and how they say it.

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