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Punctuating Dialogue

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Punctuating Dialogue

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Quotation marks surround the exact words of a speaker, but where do the other punctuation marks go: periods, commas, question marks, and exclamation points? Watch this video to find out. Then complete the activity.

Punctuate dialogue. In each sentence below, insert quotation marks, periods, commas, question marks, and exclamation points.

  1. I told my dad, The Force Awakens is Star Wars for my generation
  2. He said to me, The Force Awakens belongs to me, too
  3. Would you rather watch it in a theater or streaming on TV he asked.
  4. In the theater I shouted.
  5. He joked, Where did you want to see it
  6. Did he lose his hearing when I shouted, In the theater
  7. Okay, I get it he said You want to stay in and watch it on TV
  8. You're making me angry I replied.
  9. Doesn't my dad know that Obi Wan said, Anger leads to the Dark Side
  10. Calm yourself, young padawan my dad replied I was only joking. 

From 144 in Writers Express

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