Crafting Dialogue with SoCreate

Lesson Plan: Crafting Dialogue With SoCreate

This lesson plan dives into a vital element of compelling storytelling: dialogue. The ways characters express themselves shape their identities and propel our stories. This lesson will guide you in the art of crafting dialogue that doesn't merely exist, but genuinely resonates, all while using SoCreate Writer.

This lesson plan complements previous lesson plans on plot and character development.


By the end of this lesson, students will understand the functions and characteristics of effective dialogue and will be able to write meaningful dialogue for their characters using SoCreate.


A computer with internet access for each student/group, SoCreate accounts for each student/group, projector for teacher demonstrations.


1-2 class periods


15 minutes

Kick off the session by asking students why dialogue is important in films and TV shows. Collate their responses and steer the discussion towards the key functions of dialogue.

Explain that effective dialogue reveals character traits, advances the plot, provides exposition, and establishes the mood and tension.

Use examples from films or TV shows the students are familiar with to demonstrate these points.

Introduction to Crafting Dialogue with SoCreate (20 minutes):

Bring up SoCreate, reiterating its role as their digital storytelling ally. Showcase how they can effectively script dialogue using SoCreate's platform.

Discuss the hallmarks of compelling dialogue: natural-sounding conversation, distinctive character voices, sparing exposition, and the art of implying more than what is outright spoken. Consider using SoCreate’s Dialogue Direction tool to change characters’ faces to reflect the emotion in their dialogue.

Encourage students to think about how they can craft dialogue that truly encapsulates their characters' personalities and motivations.

Student Work: Crafting Dialogue with SoCreate

60 minutes

With their existing groups and characters, have students begin writing dialogue for their short films. Using SoCreate, they should weave conversations that showcase their characters' traits and drive their plot forward from the previous lesson .

Each line of dialogue should serve a purpose. Remind them that it can reveal character traits, provide necessary information, or introduce conflict and tension.

Prompt students to read the dialogues aloud, ensuring they sound natural and distinct to each character. Encourage them to revise and fine-tune as necessary.

Wrap-Up: Sharing and Discussion

15 minutes

Invite a few groups to share snippets of their dialogue with the class. They can present their SoCreate script, assign readers for various characters, and elaborate on the function of their dialogues.

Engage in a class discussion about how these dialogues contribute to character development and plot advancement. How does the dialogue reflect the characters' personalities and motivations?