Speaking Verbs Instead of Said

Writing speaking verbs instead of said in stories doesn’t come naturally for students.   They are easily inclined to write the word ‘said’ any time a character speaks in their story.

This game helps students think outside the box and is great to play after writing fantasy, personal narratives, fairy tales or any genre that involves dialogue.

Short Video

Here’s a quick 90 second video to get the kids thinking about speaking verbs instead of said.

Common Core State Standards

NOTE:  This game can address the following Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.B, W.4.3.B, W.4.9.A and W.5.3.B

Now to Play!

Write the letters A-Z vertically in 4-5 columns on a classroom white board.  This can also be done on a chalkboard or smart board screen.

speaking verbs instead of said A to Z on the whiteboard

Explain to the children that they have to write one word for each letter of the alphabet.

Each word has to be a word that can replace said, meaning it’s an action word that can be done when speaking.  For example, asked, insisted and wondered.

Fill 2-3 letters with examples to get the students started.

speaking verbs instead of said A to Z on the whiteboard

Then, have 2-3 children come up at a time to write in a word.  It gets challenging.  But the kids can do it.

Print the Instructions

Here ‘s a complete list for you to refer to if they get stuck!

Writing Prompts

We played this game after writing Lemurs vs. Lumberjacks.