Dialogue Rules, Worksheet, and Writing Assignment

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Punctuating dialogue properly can be tricky, but your pupils can become punctuation masters with practice. This resource includes an explanatory page that describes the rules of writing dialogue and provides examples. On the second page, learners rewrite a chunk of text to demonstrate their understanding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Review the rules in class, and ask learners to complete the paragraph for homework
  • Split your class into pairs and have partners help one another as they rewrite the paragraph
  • If you don't want to use the activity, just print out the rules page and have pupils keep it in their notebooks for reference
  • After completing the writing exercise, have two students act out the scene by reading the newly rewritten version
Classroom Considerations
  • While the resource is meant to teach how to punctuate dialogue, you could use it as a refresher for older learners right before a narrative writing assignment
  • The excerpt that students rewrite has plenty of dialogue and is of a kind of silly conversation that kids will enjoy
  • Provides rules for dialogue and examples that show each rule in action
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