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Heart to Heart

Dianne Parks


After reviewing the use of conventions through teacher directed experiences, students complete a writing using dialogue to tell a narrative story using correct punctuation.


The student generally follows the conventions of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling appropriate at fifth-grade or higher level

The student uses conventions of punctuation (including but not limited to commas in a series, dates, and addresses; beginning and ending quotation marks; hyphens in compound words).

The student creates a clear sense of story completeness.


- Candy conversation hearts ( one small box per student)
- Pencil
- Heart Dialogue paper (see associated file)
- Crayons, markers, and/or color pencils
- Chart paper
- Glue


1. Prepare sample conversation hearts from construction paper for teacher demonstration.
2. Put up chart paper for demonstration.
3. Duplicate Heart Dialogue papers for students. (see Associated File)
4. Get markers.
5. Get small individual boxes of candy conversation hearts (enough for each student).


**Students should have prior knowledge of narrative writing skills (basic conventions, beginning , middle, and end) prior to beginning this lesson.

1. Ask students, -Have you ever thought about being an actor or actress?- Accept answers from various students.

2. Discuss with students what skills must an actor or actress have to do their job. List them on the board.

3. Focus on the skill of communicating. Explain to students that an actor or actress must memorize their lines and say them using the correct conventions so that they convey the intended message.

4. Tell students that today they are going to create a story with dialogue between two characters for the hit show -As The Classroom Turns.-

5. Use the chart paper to demonstrate how they will write dialogue and use at least five candy hearts in their dialogue sentences.

6. While creating the story, review how the conventions of punctuation and capitalization are used in dialogue. Be sure to focus on how commas and quote marks are used in dialogue.

7. Continue creating the story. (Students get excited when you write a sentence like: John said, -Jane, you are a sweetheart.- )

8. Use the paper conversation hearts to demonstrate how they will glue their conversation hearts into the story.

9. When finished, read the story and discuss how important story completeness is.

10. Remind students that their story must make sense and create a sense of completeness. Also remind students that their completed story must have a minimum of five conversation hearts.

11. Distribute a box of conversation hearts and a heart dialogue sheet to each student. (see Associated File)

12. Allow students time to complete their stories. Try to give them time to share with each other their stories using dialogue.


Each student will use the correct conventions to write a narrative story using conversation hearts as words in the dialogue parts of their writing. Correct punctuation of the dialogue parts will show understanding of conversation. A rubric will be used as a formative assessment of the student's learning (see Associated File). Students are expected to use conventions of capitalization and punctuation (including but not limited to commas and begining and ending quotation marks.)


Allow SLD students to work with a partner on their writing or give them extended time to complete the activity if they choose to write on their own.
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