served by Jennifer 真泥佛
I am not a good photographer. My tendency is to butcher any potential money shot. My wife gives me grief about my lack of photo perspective. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate good photography. Being able to tap into Compfight and use beautiful and symbolic images has saved me, photographically speaking, when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of my wiki Wordplayer. Since introduced to the Creative Commons filter of Compfight, I have embedded more photos to illustrate ideas and concepts being taught in the art of wordcraft. Students seem generally more interested in the lessons that incorporate provoking images. I am seeing them add better quality images into their own wiki pages to better communicate their ideas and writing.
Here is a recent mini lesson on how photos were used to teach a mini lesson about writing dialogue enhances narratives >>
Using Dialogue in Narrative Writing
Objective: Students will use dialogue to enhance the idea, character r speaker in the story.
What I say
Dialogue spices narrative and increases pace because it is read more quickly; is pleasing to the reader’s eye and gets readers involved. Good writers use dialogue to advance the plot as well add interest and enhance the idea, character or speaker in the story. Don’t be caught using irrelevant dialogue. Would you like to read a book with dialogue like this:
“Hello, Sally,” said Billy.
“Hi, Billy. How are you?” asked Sally.
“Just great. How about you?” replied Billy.
(I am snoring in front of the class now for dramatic effect)
When you are independently reading, pay attention to the way authors incorporate dialogue into their stories. Copy their style! Remember to follow punctuation rules so your audience will be able to understand and follow your story.
1) Click this photostream of Diary of Danboard. Create a short story using dialogue between the characters that will advance the story plot along.
2) Collaborative writing: In groups of two or three, use the photo “Vikings on a cold nightwatch” to write a short script incorporating dialogue. Be prepared to act out the skit in front of the class.
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This mini-lesson was a success, particularly activity 2-writing about the “Vikings.” Each class enjoyed the collaborative writing component, and acting out the skit was the clincher. After writing the scripts, students pulled out some props from around the classroom, like pillows for the campfire, the Indo Board for a make-shift shield, an umbrella for a sword and thin bamboo stick for a spear. The boys dug this (anything involving fire and weapons). Without any prompting from me, each group chose their own perspective: physical comedy, melodrama, action scenes and witty banter. I video recorded the short skits to use as feedback on their script writing. Now the students are asking me if they can write more dialogue. Yeah! Mission accomplished.
Simple enough. A fun mini lesson stimulated from a single Compfight supported Lego photostory. Pick a good photo and throw it into your next writing lesson.