Dialogue adds so much to a piece of writing. However, it can be a difficult concept for students to master. Often times young writers will write a piece of writing that is nothing but a string of dialogue. This PPT lesson shows students a concrete way to avoid this issue. It involves breaking up dialogue with actions and thoughts. This lesson will go a long way in helping young writers become skilled at using dialogue in their writing. The lesson includes a writing sample to illustrate how to write dialogue effectively. The lesson is connected to the book, The Writing Diner, by Tim Hargis.