Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"...and then I said...and she said....and he said..."

While we have been working in some classes on writing dialogue to add to stories, I noticed that the word "said" is used WAY too many times! In fact, it is usually the ONLY word used when students are writing dialogue.

I'm here to tell you that is all going to change now! Welcome to the world of Other Ways To Say "Said"! It's a beautiful world, full of a variety of words to describe the actions of the person speaking. Words such as, "Replied", "Told", "Answered", and one of my favorites, "Sighed"!

As in, "Please stop using the word "said" so much," sighed Mrs. Raisdana.

This world is now open to you. All you need to do is look on the classroom wall...or even in the picture on this blog! I've even categorized them as Quiet, Getting Louder, and Loud! So all you really need to do is decide the tone of voice which your speaker is using, and then look on the wall for a word that you can use instead of "said".

Enough said.

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