Punctuation in Dialogue

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Punctuate Me: Quotation Marks & Capitalization
Punctuate Me: Quotation Marks & Capitalization
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Punctuate Me: Quotation Marks & Capitalization
Kids practice using quotation marks correctly and identifying words that should be capitalized in this grammar and punctuation worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Be a Sentence Mechanic
Be a Sentence Mechanic
Workbook
Be a Sentence Mechanic
These worksheets will strengthen your fourth grader's writing conventions and sentence construction, including capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Punctuate the Story: Earth Day
Punctuate the Story: Earth Day
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Punctuate the Story: Earth Day
Put proper punctuation into practice with these read-along stories.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Period
The Period
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The Period
Familiarize your young scholars with declarative and imperative sentences using this simple English lesson. Students will love learning about periods through a series of sentence-writing exercises.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Punctuation: The Fox and the Crow
Punctuation: The Fox and the Crow
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Punctuation: The Fox and the Crow
Children read and punctuate a short Aesop's fable in this engaging worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation in Dialogue 2
Punctuation in Dialogue 2
Exercise
Punctuation in Dialogue 2
Teach your fourth grader how to properly punctuate dialogue with these exercises that focus on quotation marks as incorporated in various sentence formats.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Onomatopoeia Zoo
Onomatopoeia Zoo
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Onomatopoeia Zoo
Oink! Bark! Crash! Onomatopoeia help students write in richer, more descriptive ways. This lesson teaches students how to incorporate sound words into their vocabulary.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Punctuation Practice: Adding Punctuation
Punctuation Practice: Adding Punctuation
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Punctuation Practice: Adding Punctuation
Henry the Hiker is journaling, and needs your help with punctuation!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing Dialogue
Writing Dialogue
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Writing Dialogue
This worksheet is a fun-filled way to write dialogue about a familiar party staple: balloons. Your 3rd grader creates the conversations between family members.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Who Said It?
Who Said It?
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Who Said It?
Students will have a blast creating their own cartoons and comics. This lesson provides an engaging method to help students demonstrate the use of quotation marks when writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Quotation Marks: Say What?
Quotation Marks: Say What?
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Quotation Marks: Say What?
On this third grade reading and writing worksheet, kids complete each sentence by writing in the missing quotation marks.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation: The Lion and the Mouse
Punctuation: The Lion and the Mouse
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Punctuation: The Lion and the Mouse
If you're looking for some punctuation practice, here's the worksheet for you! Read the fable, and then add in all the missing punctuation marks.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
More Punctuation and Capitalization
More Punctuation and Capitalization
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More Punctuation and Capitalization
In this practice worksheet, children develop their punctuation skills as they correct five sentences and rewrite five more.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Dialogue for Kids
Dialogue for Kids
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Dialogue for Kids
Punctuating dialogue can be hard for kids to remember how to do. This worksheet helps them practice and shows examples.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Using Quotation Marks
Using Quotation Marks
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Using Quotation Marks
When writing dialogue, it's important to know where to place quotation marks and other punctuation. Get some practice with this passage from The Secret Garden.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation: The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Punctuation: The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
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Punctuation: The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Practice punctuation with a classic Aesop's fable! Your child will add in the missing quotation marks, all while building her reading skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuate the Story: The Pink Rabbit
Punctuate the Story: The Pink Rabbit
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Punctuate the Story: The Pink Rabbit
This pink rabbit needs some punctuation! Kids will add pauses, quotes, and exclamations by adding the proper punctuation to this story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Cite and Explain Your Evidence #2: Literary Response
Cite and Explain Your Evidence #2: Literary Response
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Cite and Explain Your Evidence #2: Literary Response
This guided practice reinforces how strong writers make claims and support them with strong evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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How to Cite Strong Evidence: Literary Response
How to Cite Strong Evidence: Literary Response
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How to Cite Strong Evidence: Literary Response
These example literary responses model how to cite and explain evidence to support a claim.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Quotation Marks
Quotation Marks
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Quotation Marks
Practice perfect punctuation with this quotation mark worksheet that teaches the finer points of quotation mark usage, like marking quotes inside of quotes.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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How to Write Dialogue Between Characters
How to Write Dialogue Between Characters
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How to Write Dialogue Between Characters
Review and practice writing dialogue with your students. Choose from three situations and create an original dialogue for the characters in one of them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Collecting Strong Evidence
Collecting Strong Evidence
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Collecting Strong Evidence
This graphic organizer will help your young writers organize and explain their supporting evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Cite and Explain Your Evidence #1: Literary Response
Cite and Explain Your Evidence #1: Literary Response
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Cite and Explain Your Evidence #1: Literary Response
This guided practice reinforces how strong writers make a claim that they can support with strong evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Quotation Mark Rules
Quotation Mark Rules
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Quotation Mark Rules
Quotation marks confusing your kid? Help him learn the rules of the game with this quick refresher on quotation mark rules.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learning Formal Writing
Learning Formal Writing
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Learning Formal Writing
Children practice reading with a critical eye toward grammar and punctuation in this practice worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Punctuation in Dialogue

Dialogue needs punctuation in order to be complete. If the speaker is excited, use an exclamation point, a question mark if they’re confused, and always use quotation marks to show where a quotation begins and ends. Learn how to put punctuation in dialogue with our writing worksheets, cool activities, and lots more. If you’re a teacher or parent, we have help for you in the form of lesson plans and articles.
Fictional and nonfictional writing will often contain transcriptions of conversations between two or more people or characters. While students can indirectly report these conversations, direct dialogue will have more impact on the reader. Direct dialogue, however, also requires special punctuation to identify it.
The punctuation most commonly associated with dialogue is the quotation mark. Quotations come with their own rules. Only the words that are spoken will appear between the quotation marks.
Dialogue in text most often comes along with a dialogue tag. Dialogue tags feature a noun representing the speaker and a verb like say or yell and attribute the text to the speaker. Where the dialogue tag occurs in the sentence will affect how the rest of the line is punctuated.
Dialogue tag at the end: A comma comes at the end of the quote before the closing quotation mark. The dialogue tag is not capitalized and is followed by a period. Dialogue tag at the beginning: The dialogue tag is capitalized and is followed by a comma. The quotation is also capitalized and will be followed by the ending punctuation inside the quotation marks. Dialogue tag in the middle: The portion of the quote preceding the tag features a comma before the ending quotation mark. The dialog tag is not capitalized and is followed by a comma. The continuation of the quote is not capitalized and is followed by the ending punctuation inside the quotation marks.
Working with the resources provided by Education.com may help your students understand the unique punctuation rules associated with dialogue in text.