Punctuation in Dialogue

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Quotation Marks Quiz #2
Quotation Marks Quiz #2
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Quotation Marks Quiz #2
Got questions about quotations marks? No problem! This worksheet will help your child build his grammar and punctuation skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation: Black Beauty
Punctuation: Black Beauty
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Punctuation: Black Beauty
Need some practice with punctuation? Here's a great opportunity to punctuate a passage from a famous work of classic literature!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Glossary: Building Fluency with Punctuation
Glossary: Building Fluency with Punctuation
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Glossary: Building Fluency with Punctuation
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Building Fluency with Punctuation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Quotation Mark Practice
Quotation Mark Practice
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Quotation Mark Practice
Help your third grader learn how to use quotation marks with this worksheet that asks him to place quotes where they're needed.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Earth Day Sentence Editing
Earth Day Sentence Editing
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Earth Day Sentence Editing
Earth Day is a time to raise awareness and appreciation for the environment. Use this Earth Day themed grammar resource with your students to practice editing sentences with a focus on punctuation.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuate the Story: The New Girl
Punctuate the Story: The New Girl
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Punctuate the Story: The New Girl
Kids will practice their editing skills by adding punctuation to the story. Read about the new girl at school while adding periods, commas, and quotation marks.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Look Who's Talking
Look Who's Talking
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Look Who's Talking
This worksheet is a review of dialogue punctuation. Add quotation marks and commas where they are missing in the sentences about ice cream sundaes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Quotation Marks Quiz #1
Quotation Marks Quiz #1
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Quotation Marks Quiz #1
If your child needs some punctuation practice, give him a challenge with a quick quotation marks quiz!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuate the Story: The Lost Kitten
Punctuate the Story: The Lost Kitten
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Punctuate the Story: The Lost Kitten
Practice proper punctuation with this read-along worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation: The Boys and the Frogs
Punctuation: The Boys and the Frogs
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Punctuation: The Boys and the Frogs
Here is a great punctuation worksheet that includes reading a classic Aesop's fable! Your child will add in the missing periods and quotation marks.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation: The Wind in the Willows
Punctuation: The Wind in the Willows
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Punctuation: The Wind in the Willows
Does your student need punctuation practice? Help her work on grammar and introduce her to some classic literature in the process.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What are Quotation Marks?
What are Quotation Marks?
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What are Quotation Marks?
Help your student learn all about writing dialogue and using quotation marks correctly with this introductory worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation: The Selfish Giant
Punctuation: The Selfish Giant
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Punctuation: The Selfish Giant
Can your student correct this passage? Have her read through the excerpt and add in the missing punctuation marks.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Animal Friends: Punctuate the Story
Animal Friends: Punctuate the Story
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Animal Friends: Punctuate the Story
Put proper punctuation into practice with this Animal Friends read-along story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary Cards: Building Fluency with Punctuation
Vocabulary Cards: Building Fluency with Punctuation
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Vocabulary Cards: Building Fluency with Punctuation
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Building Fluency with Punctuation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Bumble Bee: Punctuate the Story
Bumble Bee: Punctuate the Story
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Bumble Bee: Punctuate the Story
Put proper punctuation into practice with this Bumble Bee read-along worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuate the Story: Josie's Garden
Punctuate the Story: Josie's Garden
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Punctuate the Story: Josie's Garden
Young editors will read "Josie's Garden" and add commas, periods, and quotation marks. Practice with punctuation perfectly in this punctuation worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Baby Sister: Punctuate the Story
Baby Sister: Punctuate the Story
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Baby Sister: Punctuate the Story
Put proper punctuation into practice with this Baby Sister read-along worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation: The Cat and the Rooster
Punctuation: The Cat and the Rooster
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Punctuation: The Cat and the Rooster
Can your child help punctuate this passage? He'll read an Aesop's fable and then add in the periods where they are missing in the story!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuate the Story: Learning to Sew
Punctuate the Story: Learning to Sew
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Punctuate the Story: Learning to Sew
Gerry is learning how to sew, but she needs some punctuation in her story! Your kid will add life to Gerry's story by adding commas, periods, and quotations.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Quotation Marks and Periods
Quotation Marks and Periods
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Quotation Marks and Periods
Quotation marks and periods can be confusing. Become a punctuation master with this informative worksheet complete with examples and practice problems.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Quotation Punctuation
Quotation Punctuation
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Quotation Punctuation
Keep learning in the cards this Halloween. This spooky worksheet on quotations is sure to make any fourth grader have fun while learning!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Practice Punctuation with the Jungle Book
Practice Punctuation with the Jungle Book
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Practice Punctuation with the Jungle Book
With this worksheet, your child can practice punctuation, and even get introduced to some classic literature!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Punctuation this Halloween
Using Punctuation this Halloween
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Using Punctuation this Halloween
Don't let grammar get ghoulish this Halloween! Practice using punctuation with a spooky worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation: The Jungle Book
Punctuation: The Jungle Book
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Punctuation: The Jungle Book
With this worksheet, your child can practice his punctuation and get acquainted with a piece of classic literature!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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.