Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Writing Dialogue: or, How to Use Quotes Without Hurting Anyone

By on May 29, 2008

As I teach Narrative, I eventually get to the proper rules of Dialogue.  

In their Writer’s Notebook, they take notes on the following PowerPoint by writing down the numbered rules.  They generally don’t copy down the entire example.  It’s meant more to engage then to have a quiet, tedious copying time.  I also incorporated my students’ voices for a multi-modality approach to the presentation.  They also helped to write its content.  When I originally wrote the text, I used words they felt were imprecise for their generation, so many thanks to Sarah, Claudia, Nathan, and Brian.  But you can always replace their voice with students of your own.

Hope it helps you in your own dialogue-teaching endeavors.  Enjoy!



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  1. Patti
    November 30, 2008

    This is exactly what I was looking for!!! Thank you!! You cover it all!

  2. Kirstie Rulka
    May 31, 2010

    Hello there,
    I was hoping to check out this Quotation_Reiew Powerpoint, but it is telling me the file is corrupt. Is there any way i could convince you to repost it, or e-mail it to me? I can use all the help I can get with my Grade 8’s.
    Kirstie Rulka

  3. heather
    June 2, 2010

    Here’s a dropbox link to the file, should anyone else need it!


    -Heather WG

  4. Karen
    September 15, 2011

    The Powerpoint was perfect for reviewing conversation with my sixth grade story writers. Thank you for sharing.

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