Ch 3: Analyze Dialogue: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3

About This Chapter

Find lessons for eighth grade English. The following lessons meet the Common Core Reading Literature standard for analyzing dialogue (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3).

Standard: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.RL.8.3).

About This Chapter

Students who have mastered this standard can read a variety of texts and identify changes in the story or the emergence of new character traits based on specific lines of dialogue. They can imply information about decisions that are going to be made or sense that an action is about to occur using individual words or longer lines of conversation.

Some of the concepts covered in these lessons include:

  • Determining how dialogue is used to propel action in a story
  • Understanding how character traits are revealed through dialogue
  • Practicing dialogue analysis to determine how decisions are made in a story or drama

Students show mastery of this standard when they can analyze the dialogue in stories and dramas to determine what will happen next or reveal a character's motivations. They can explain why a character is showing a specific emotion, such as excitement or sadness, and how certain character aspects relate to events in the story. Students are able to use textual evidence to show how dialogue is used throughout a story to indicate an impending action or decision.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are some tips for how to use these lessons to support instruction in the standard:

Using Dialogue to Determine Action

Watch the video lesson on how dialogue propels action. Read aloud or have students read on their own an essay or short story. Ask students to identify key events that took place in the story and to explain how they used the dialogue in the text to determine the importance of these events. Discuss the dialogue that led up to the climax and resolution of the story.

Revealing Character Traits

Watch lessons on how dialogue reveals aspects of a character. Pick a short story or play and have students read it on their own. Start a discussion on descriptions of characters in the story or play using details from the text. Have students explain how character actions played a role in the events taking place in the story. Ask students to describe a character's feelings or motivations and explain how these characteristics can be determined from dialogue in the text.

Provoking Decisions with Dialogue

Watch lessons about how dialogue is used to provoke decisions. Review the same short story or drama from above. Create a worksheet showing specific lines of dialogue or words from a conversation used in the text. Hand out the worksheet to students and ask them to describe decisions that were made based on the specific dialogue you've listed. Discuss how the author's dialogue choices connected to the story's setting and events leading up to its conclusion.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.