Authors use dialogue and dialect to help develop literary elements such as character, plot, and theme. The Dialogue and Dialect lesson, for grades 4–8, will help your students understand and analyze dialogue in novels, short stories, and plays. This lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books. The Dialogue and Dialect lesson can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced. The lesson also includes a separate Answer Key PDF.