Sunday, April 14, 2013

"Yadda, Yadda, Yadda!" Dialogue and Alexander Graham Bell

I have to admit that Social Studies is NOT my strongest subject, but, man, did we have fun learning about Alexander Graham Bell!  We even changed the lyrics to the Guns & Roses' song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" to...
 ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪"Talk, Talk, Talkin' on the telephone. Because of Alexander Graham Bell. Talk, Talk, Talkin' on the telephone..."  ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ The kids would get real squealy at the end just like Axl Rose.  HILARIOUS!

First we watched this video to learn more about Alexander Graham Bell.

Then we discussed what a dialogue {and, in fact, what a monologue} is.  We had the kids pair share a little dialogue and asked for volunteers to share a dialogue in front of the class.
In order to really hit it home, kids partnered themselves and each created and profile of themselves and telephone out of construction paper.  On the second day of this project students made a rough and final draft of dialogue with each other.  They were only given two word bubbles each, so they had make sure to greet and wrap up their conversation quickly.  They really rocked it! 
Here is the example that my co-teacher, Mrs. Johnson, and I modeled for them. {We ♥ Cross Curricular Instruction: Social Studies, Art & ELAR, BABY!}

When modeling, we made sure to match our side of the conversation by making the telephone and word bubbles in the same color.  That made it easier for the kids to not only put it in order, but also follow the pattern of their dialogue.
It was so cute how some of their conversations went... "Hey dood!"  "Hey girl!" "Wassup home skillet?"  "Want to go to the mall to get some new close?" We told them that SOME slang was okay b/c they were talking to their peers.  The conversations were hysterical!
 ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪"Talk, Talk, Talk at ya later... ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪"

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