Analyzing Dialogue Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Understanding and analyzing dialogue is an important skill for students to learn. Use this lesson plan to teach students important aspects of dialogue. High-level thinking activities are used to engage students in learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze dialogue in text
  • explain the importance of dialogue
  • describe ways dialogue is used in text


45 minutes, plus time for presentations


  • Transcripts of lessons
  • Devices for watching video lessons
  • Presentation materials such as chart paper, highlighters, etc.
  • Copies of text examples, if possible

Key Vocabulary

  • Dialogue
  • Subtext
  • Indirect Characterization

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


  • Connect students to learning and access prior knowledge by asking students to give a one-word definition or reaction to the word 'dialogue.' To add a collaborative element, have students share and discuss answers.
  • Define the term and ask students to record the definition; write on the board. Note the reasons dialogue is used:
  1. Propelling action
  2. Reveal information about characters
  3. Provoke decisions

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