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Part 1: I Am Who I Am: Writing Character Monologue

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Activity 1C: Establishing Characters
Online Sources of Monologues
Example monologue for Activity 1C.1
Video of pilot episode of Everybody Hates Chris
Other Monologue Sources
Colin’s Movie Monologue Page
Hughes, John. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [Shooting script]. (July 24, 1985).      
Monologue archive
Script for pilot episode of The Wonder Years
Video of pilot episode of My So-Called Life
Video of pilot episode of The Wonder Years
Alternate Novels
You should feel free to adapt other novels for the monologue and dialogue writing activities in this unit, such as those recommended below. Many of these novels were identified by the California Department of Education Recommended Literature Search for Reading and Language Arts ( as “Outstanding Books for the College Bound.”
Alverez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies (mature content)
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (mature content)
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale (mature content)
Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Sower (science fiction)
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. The Conch Bearer
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man
Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain (mature content)
Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying
Gibbons, Kaye. Ellen Foster (mature content)
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird
Mason, Bobbie Ann. In Country (mature content)
Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko’s Daughter
Morrison, Toni. Beloved (mature content)
Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen

Wright, Richard. Native Son (mature content)