Students in sixth grade ELA classes have been reading and writing personal narratives.  In a mini-lesson to teach students how to write dialogue and commentary to help establish the context of an incident, Mrs. Alex Parker used comic strips to illustrate how to properly write, punctuate, and tag dialogue.  Students looked at examples of dialogue in classic Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.  Because dialogue in comics shows up in speech bubbles, students had to create appropriate dialogue tags (like “Calvin grumbled”) using strong verbs to show the intent of the conversations between Calvin, his mother, and Hobbes.  After several opportunities to practice, students will then apply their learning when writing their own personal narratives.  What a fun (and comical) way to teach an essential writing skill!