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To try in elementary, to enforce in middle grades!!
Said is the standard. Teaching synonyms may help with vocab development, but in truth, the actual speech should reflect the method of delivery.
I do this as well, but I say, "Instead of Said" :)
Someone (Stephen King, maybe?) said that if you have to tell the audience how to read the dialogue you haven't done a good job of writing the dialogue!
Said is Dead
said is dead
Said is Dead!
Great poster for the classroom!
said is dead.
Encourage descriptive writing with alternatives for "said"
Great idea for end of the day
Beginning of writer's workshop
great ideas for anchor charts
Great Thanksgiving writing idea