Lesson Plan

Punctuating Dialogue

Your students will surely exclaim, "This is fun!" in response to this writing lesson. It covers topics that range from dialogue punctuation to sentence types, and will definitely help improve reading comprehension skills.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to properly punctuate dialogue with commas, quotation marks, and end marks.


(10 minutes)
Say What?Quotation Marks
  • Ask students to share what they know about dialogue.
  • Explain that writers use dialogue to show conversations in their writing.
  • Remind students that quotation marks, which are used to contain dialogue ("like this") always come in pairs.
  • Go over the 4 types of sentences: declarative (makes a statement), interrogative sentence (asks a question), exclamatory (shows strong emotion), and imperative (gives a command).
  • Tell students these four types are punctuated differently.