Let's Have a Chat!

Let's Have a Chat!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.51

     challenging words:    child-pretend, filler, portrayed-not, story-and, dialogue, accordingly, cops, facial, robbers, selection, reality, realistic, assignment, entire, script, goal

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Let's Have a Chat!
By Beth Beutler

1     When two or more characters in a play have a conversation with each other, it is called a dialogue. If you are ever in a play, or performing a selection from a play for a class assignment, you will be engaged in a dialogue. In reality, you dialogue every day because you talk with other people.
2     For our purposes, let's take a few minutes to "talk" about participating in a dramatic dialogue. Your first opportunity to do this may come up as a class assignment, or you may decide to try out for a school play. Your teacher may give you part of a script, which is the written story for the play, divided into characters' lines and with some filler information such as the setting. A classmate will be given the lines for a different character, and you will read, or memorize, your lines.
3     To do a dramatic dialogue well, you should not simply read the lines as if they were yours. Whether in front of a class, or on stage before an audience, you have a goal. That goal is to make those watching the dialogue believe they are actually watching the characters portrayed—not you, the person they may be acquainted with.

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