This detailed guide to the rules of writing in direct and reported speech is an excellent tool for teaching students how to incorporate different types of dialogue into their stories.
I have used it in middle and high school classrooms, with both first-language English speakers and ESL students, and it has given both types of students a high degree of confidence and practical expertise.
The handout includes:
- An explanation of the difference between direct and reported speech
- Sets of rules for writing in direct speech, changing sentences from direct to reported speech, and using questions in both direct and reported speech
- Four activities to enable students to practise their skills.
If you are interested in the resource but would like any aspects customised for your use, don't hesitate to contact me.