Story Builder: Lesson 5
Lesson 5: Creating Stories on the Story Builder with Dialogue
“Dialogue” is another word for talking. When you tell a whole story by having the characters in it talk to each other, you are writing dialogue.
Movies, television shows and plays tell stories using dialogue. Think of a favorite movie (or television show or play). Who is your favorite character? Do you remember something that character said?
Try writing words for the characters in a story of your own.
Note: You can do this activity alone, or with a partner.
- Open the MaMaMedia Activity Center from the XO Home screen.
- Open the Story Builder from the MaMaMedia Activity Center.
- Create a story by picking the background and the characters.
- As you look at the scene, think about what the character or characters might say. What is the story behind this picture? Where are they? What is happening?
- Act out this scene with your partner. You can be one character and your partner can be the other.
- Write down what each character says in the text box. Remember to include the story elements (setting, characters, problem, resolution.)
- Save what you have written by clicking the SAVE button.
- Share your story and picture with your class. Read the dialogue aloud with your partner.
- After everyone reads their story, discuss these questions: How does the dialogue change the story? How is dialogue different from a story narrator describing a scene?
- Have one student take notes from this discussion on his or her XO laptop.