ELA 3: You Don't Say: Dialogue and Quotation Marks

This may shock you, but quotation marks are used to...mark quotations. Mind blown, right? Today's video will teach us about them and how to format dialogue.

3rd GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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Okay, now that you have all of those conversations rattling around your brain, try and imagine [Different people spinning round the girls head]

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which ones would be entertaining to read as dialogue in a story...

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…probably not many, right? [The story explodes to reveal the baby sister]

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But that doesn't mean you're a boring person!

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It just means that most conversations aren't really important enough to share in a story. [Coop pointing at a blackboard]

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And that's why today's topic is how to use dialogue! [Spaceship flies past]

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See, not only is day-to-day conversation kind of boring, but it's usually chock full of [Schoolkids talking at the lockers]

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filler words...

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Y'know, like…."Hmm, umm, like, ahhh, and well."

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If you include any of those in a story, that'd be one long, kind of boring story… [The story explodes leaving the word boring]

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That's why we always want our dialogue to be to the point.

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It should be shorter than normal conversation, with no filler words.

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And unlike boring conversations about tooth-brushing and homework, dialogue in stories should be [School kids talking sat on the grass]

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included to either set a scene, or make something happen.

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Since stories are all about, well, the story, then your dialogue should be all about the [Pages turning in a book]

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story, too.

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On a more technical note, the spoken words should always appear within quotations, including

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any punctuation – like this.

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Oh, and don't forget to add the dialogue tags.

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Y'know, like “he said” or “she said,” so that people know exactly which character [Dialogue tags appearing]

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is saying what.

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And any sentence that normally ends with a period instead gets a comma, followed by a

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quotation mark, and then the dialogue tag.

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Like this. [Example is shown]

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So now that we've covered our bases, let's look at two examples and identify which one is [Baseball player is kicked off a base]

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worth keeping... and which one should probably get deleted immediately. [Example 2 folder is chosen]

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First up to bat... [An apple is hit with a baseball bat and explodes]

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“We only have ten minutes left until the black hole closes,” yelled Samantha.

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“If we don't fly our space ship into it soon, we'll be trapped on this alien planet forever!” [Sentence being typed out]

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Geesh, we hope Samantha gets out of that alright… [Spaceship flying towards a blackhole]

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sounds kind of terrifying.

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While Samantha deals with that, let's check out our second example:

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“So, like, what do you want to do today?” asked Marcus.

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“Hmm. I dunno, really.

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Whatever you want?

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Ahhh….yeah, I don't care.

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Uhhh…hm.”

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So, which one do you think is best?

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If you guessed the first one, you'd be right. [Example 2 folder is set on fire]

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That's because it's to the point, moves the story forwards, doesn't contain any filler words,

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and is interesting to read.

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The other passage?

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Well, it pretty much fails all of those tests. [Fail stamp]

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Oh, and before we move on, let's help Samantha get out of that mess… [A hand stretches the black hole out so the spaceship can go through]

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Phew.

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Close one.

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And just in time, too, because that's it!

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No more tips!

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But as long as you keep in mind what we covered, writing dialogue will be a snap! [Someone snaps a twig]

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And yes, you technically could make everyone speak like your baby sister, but we're pretty

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sure a book called, "Mmmgaah Maah Maah Maah!!!" won't sell very well… [Baby in a cot next to the book]