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I tell students that one way to develop their characters is by including their thoughts and dialogue. I draw a speech bubble and thought bubble on the board and then we discuss the differences. Students always catch on quickly because they read comics. As a class, we practice adding thoughts and dialogue to an example story.

When it’s time to revise on their own, students draw speech and thought bubbles directly onto their paper with a colored pencil, so they can see the changes they’ve made. Another way to do this activity is by having students draw their bubbles onto Post It wits-blog-pics-007.jpgnotes and then sticking them directly onto their draft.

posted by Amy Lin, Writers in the Schools

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