A Picture Book Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: CONVENTIONS Support Trait: WORD CHOICE

Navigating WritingFix:

Return to the WritingFix Homepage

Return to the Picture Book Lessons Page

Return to the Conventions Homepage


Navigating this lesson:

Lesson & 6-Trait Overview

Student Instructions

Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources

Student Writing Samples from this Lesson


Publish your students at our Ning!
(You must be a member of our "Writing Lesson of the Month" ning to post.)

Student Samples Page: Instead of Said
Dialogue Adventures

writing and punctuating a dialogue exchange between a book's dog and its baby

A story by author Alexandra Day is currently inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of conventions and word choice. Join us in teaching (and adapting) this on-line lesson and sharing your students' work.

You can publish up to three of your students' edited and finished stories at this page.

Use these samples to inspire your student writers! Discussing the strengths of published student samples before, while, and after using this on-line assignment is important. If your students are engaged in trait- or skill-inspired discussions about any of the samples we've posted here, they will produce better writing, especially if you help them take their writing all the way through the writing process.

Thank you, those who share their students' writing with us.

Additional Student Samples Being Sought:
Grades 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Learn more about WritingFix's policies for publishing student work by visiting our Publishing Student Writers Information Page.

WritingFix is currently seeking additional student samples from this writing assignment that can be featured in this space. Submitted student work must show evidence of revision, editing, and the final draft must be typed and sent through e-mail. Teachers: if you can help us obtain one, two or three student samples, along with a digital photo of the student(s) and a signed permission slips, we will send you a complimentary copy of one of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's print publications.

To have us consider your students' writing for inclusion on this page, you must post the writing to our Ning page dedicated to this lesson. Click here to access that page. You must first be a member of the Writing Lesson of the Month Network in order to post.

Student Samples: Upper Elementary

From Mrs. McGee's Classroom:

Good Dog, Carl
dialogue interpretation by Alex, 5th grade writer

“I thought she’d never leave,” sighed Dog.

Baby cooed, “Is she gone?”

“Yeah, hop on,” ushered Dog.

Baby giggled, “OK, Doggy.”

“Onward!” boomed Dog.

“Yippee,” Baby squealed, “Let’s go!”

“Don’t tell Mom,” Dog whispered.

“I won’t, Doggy,” replied Baby, “I promise.”

“I believe I can fly!!!” Dog exclaimed.

“This is fun!” screeched Baby.

“Hey, hey, hey. Easy on the blush,” coughed Dog, “I don’t want it to overpower my eyes!”

“You look pretty,” cooed Baby.

“Oh, I love that necklace,” Dog gasped. “No, the other one. It complements my fur.”

“Yay, a slide,” clapped Baby gleefully.

“OK. We can go down the slide,” Dog replied hesitantly. “Ready, Set…Hey wait! I didn’t say GO!”

“Whoooooooooo!” squealed Baby.

“Run, run, run, run, run,” panted Dog. “This better count as exercise!”


(Click here to view/print both Alex and a classmate's stories for your students to read and analyze.)




WritingFix Homepage Lesson & 6-Trait Overview   Student Instructions
Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources  Student Writing Samples

© WritingFix. All rights reserved.