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20 October 2014
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Direct speech lesson plan

KS3 Bitesize


All students will be reminded of the rules of direct speech. Most will be able to write more engaging direct speech. Some will be able to use it convincingly to create character.

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National Curriculum

  • En3: 1d, 3


  • OHP with sample of dialogue

Teaching activities


Show students an OHP of an extract of dialogue, and ask them to remind you of as many rules for direct speech as they can remember.


  1. Ask students to create a short dialogue in script form between a teacher and a student who hasn't done their homework.
  2. Ask them to add stage directions indicating mood, using adverbs.
  3. Hear some of the dialogues.
  4. Brainstorm alternatives for ‘said' on the board.
  5. Students convert their script into direct speech, following all the rules, using adverbs and some of the brainstormed words on the board.


Read students an example of dialogue between three characters who are very similar, which conveys little, and ask what is wrong with it. Stress that dialogue should be used sparingly, and should always reveal character rather than information.


Students write a short snippet of dialogue between two students who are just about to sit an exam. The two should be distinguished from one another in the way they speak.

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