In this lesson, I wanted to teach reported speech. My daughter chose her most dramatic comic strip story and she pretended that she was a news reporter, changing her speech dialogue into reported speech.
Once again, we looked for examples of reported speech in our read aloud literature books. Charlotte Mason’s principle to teach grammar and language arts through living books and good literature is amazingly effective!
We then used the Usborne Book of English Grammar for a clear lesson demonstrating the basic rules of writing reported speech. These are the rules we summarized ~
- Report what someone said using your own words.
- No need for inverted commas.
- Change the verb to the past tense.
Next, we worked through one or two comic blocks, converting the speech bubbles into reported speech. Check those verb tenses!
My daughter then worked on her own and wrote her comic strip as a wonderful news report. Here’s an extract ~
She typed her report on MS Word as a simple report. I used her enthusiasm in the lesson to teach her how to change her report and create a newspaper article, complete with huge headline, large byline, her name and the report. She learnt how to create columns and add a clip art illustration. Saved, and printed, she had a fabulous report which she proudly read and showed to dad!
I love finding simple and effective lessons, and this was a winner!
Note – this is a good LA lesson for advanced middle schoolers or junior high children.