Examples of Dialogue: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:00 What is Dialogue?
  • 0:47 Dialogue in Action
  • 1:30 Dialogue in ~'Thank…
  • 2:36 Punctuation in Dialogue
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Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

What do you call two or more characters in a story talking to one another? Dialogue! In this lesson, you will read dialogue, find out why writers use dialogue, and learn how to write dialogue in your own stories!

What Is Dialogue?

Have you ever wished someone had written down one of your interesting conversations? If your conversation was written down, then you'd have an example of dialogue!

Dialogue refers to two or more characters talking to one another in a story. Writers use dialogue for a number of reasons.

Writers use dialogue for a number of reasons. For one, dialogue helps bring characters to life. Dialogue may include unique accents, expressions or quirks of characters which reveal their personalities. Another reason is dialogue is another way to give the reader information and keep the action of the plot (the story) moving. And finally, dialogue can break up lengthy descriptive passages and grab the attention of readers.

Dialogue in Action

In the book 'Seventh Grade', Victor likes his classmate Teresa. An example of dialogue from the story reveals the shy nature of Victor and that he's been thinking about Teresa:

In English they reviewed the parts of speech. Mr. Lucas, a portly man, waddled down the aisle, asking, 'What is a noun?'

'A person, place, or thing,' said the class in unison.

'Yes, now somebody give me an example of a person - you, Victor Rodriguez.'

'Teresa,' Victor said automatically. Some of the girls giggled. They knew he had a crush on Teresa. He felt himself blushing again.

'Correct,' Mr. Lucas said.

Dialogue in 'Thank You, M'am' by Langston Hughes

In this story, the main character Roger tries to steal Mrs. Jones's purse. Let's go over the unique way these characters speak to one another:

The woman said, 'What did you want to do it for?'

The boy said, 'I didn't aim to.'

She said, 'You a lie!'

By that time two or three people passed, stopped, turned to look, and some stood watching.

'If I turn you loose, will you run?' asked the woman.

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