Teaching Dialogue: An Introductory Lesson on Punctuating Dialogue

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3rd - 4th
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This is an engaging and valuable resource. Listening to group discussions and watching what individual students were doing helped me plan for further remediation.
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Punctuating dialogue is a very tricky concept for intermediate students to master, and this resource is the perfect one-day lesson to kick things off. It is meant to show the importance of dialogue in both reading and writing--and gives students exposure to how and why it is written. The activity included is hands on, low prep, low ink, and ready to use!

There are three full pages of directions including full color photos of the resource in action. This is perfect to use as a first experience with dialogue or as a review before teaching a narrative writing unit or realistic fiction reading unit. Ideas for anchor charts are included as are the reproducible pages needed to do the activity. Download the preview for more!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.


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