Using Quotes in Writing

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  1. ReadytoTeach

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    Oct 17, 2010

    I am at a loss this year as to how to make my students STOP using so many quotes in their stories. Every time they write a narrative, for many of them it reads like more like a play...and a boring one at that. I know that they are trying to give details, but how can I get them to start using quotes productively?
     
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  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    Maybe have your students first write their story without any dialogue. Then on the second draft let them add dialogue.

    I would also do a mini lesson on using dialogue. Pull out those wonderful chapter books and ask them what they see. Make sure that they note that dialogue is used sparingly.
     
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    Our team gives the students a paragraph graphic organizer with a place for the topic sentence, three details with two elaborations for each detail, concluding sentence, and a checkbox for ONE quote that fits into the paragraph. This has greatly limited the boring "play-like" writing that you are referring to. If they include more than one quote they have to rewrite the entire thing. Good luck!
     

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