Dialoguing is a literary technique that can be found in countless works dating back to Greek philosophers.

A dialogue within a literary work is when two or more characters have a conversation between one another. This can be in a spoken or written form. When used properly dialogue can help advance a story and share a character's thoughts, personality, and feelings. It also helps to make the character seem more human to the audience. This is often the liveliest portion of any literary work. When we see the characters begin to interact, we quickly get to learn the nature of their relationships and the dynamics that may exist between them. Characters can also have an inner dialogue where they speak to themselves to help reveal their personality a bit more. When conversations happen between two characters, we call this outer dialogue.

Quotation marks (" ") are the form of punctuation that is used to declare a clear dialogue is taking place. They are placed at the begin and end of the words being spoken. You will not want those tags are words that may identify the speaker. When you identify the speaker, you will want to use a comma to connect it to the dialogue. Over the course of a dialogue, you will want to start a new paragraph each time you transition between speakers in the conversation. These worksheets will show you how to interpret dialogue. This is a different form of reading comprehension because it requires you to infer thoughts from the text that you are analyzing. You will need to be able to spot the motives of the characters even though you have no body language to work with. We will also work on the tricky nature of using punctuation properly in this form of text. After we have the basics down, we will have students learn to write in this format to help craft stories of their own. We practice this skill several times giving your various scenarios. We will also analyze the written work of others and learn some helpful proofreading and editing skills. We expand that to learning how to infer more about a settings and characters from this form of literature.

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Dialogue in a story is one of the ways that writers convey information about what is happening and who it is happening to. Read the text below, and then answer the questions.

How Character Affects Each Other

Everyone has a unique way of speaking. The words a character chooses, how they enunciate, what they say and what they don't say all reveal what kind of person they are.

The Art of Punctuating

Complete each sentence by adding the missing quotation marks.

Writing Dialogue

Look at the picture. What do you think the parents are saying to their son? Write the text that should appear to chart this.

What Would Robots Say?

The words a person uses reveal a lot about their character. Look at the robots below. What do you think they are saying to each other? What emotions are they feeling? Write down the conversation that you think that they are having.

Writing It Into Text

Write the conversational exchange on the lines below. Add commas and quotation marks where needed.

Story Time

Read the story below. Underline direct speech. Then use a colored marker or colored pencil to add quotation marks and commas where needed.


Read each pair of sentences. Then rewrite the descriptions as character chitchat to make them more interesting.

Proper Punctuation

Add commas and quotation marks where needed in each sentence below.

Revealing the Setting

Writers use conversations as a way to reveal information in a story. This can tell a reader about the characters, what action is going on, or even where characters are.

Writing Conflict

John and Michael both want to be the leader of their secret club. Give them each three lines of speaking portions in which they disagree. Do they work out their problem? How?

Practice Exercise

John wants to have a friend over on Saturday night. His parents don't really like the friend he wants to invite. John convinces his parents to let him invite his friend.

Writing in This Form

Rewrite the sentences below using dialogue. Then check the boxes that indicate what kind of information that is included.

Dialogue vs. Indirect Speech

Underline what the speaker says in each sentence. Then rewrite each sentence as direct speech. Use the verb from each sentence as the speech tag.

Talking Tags

Rewrite the sentences below as dialogue. Use the verb from each sentence as the tag.