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.

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Dialogue

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 dialogue below, and then answer the questions.

How Character Affects Dialogue

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.

Punctuating Dialogue

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 dialogue below.

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 Dialogue

Write the dialogue 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.

Ellie

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

Punctuating Dialogue

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

Revealing Setting with Dialogue

Writers use dialogue as a way to reveal information in a story. Dialogue 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 dialogue in which they disagree. Do they work out their problem? How?

Dialogue 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 Dialogue

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

Dialogue vs. Indirect Speech

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

Dialogue Tags

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