Punctuating Dialogue What is Dialogue? Conversation between two or more characters in a story. Rule #1 Remember that quotation marks go around the exact words being said! Rule #2 Capitalize the first word of the quote Ex: “Let’s go Broncos,” yelled the crazy fan in the stands. Rule #3 Punctuation before quotation! Use a comma to separate the words being said from the he said/she said. Ex: Mrs. Pattrick screamed, “Get that bug away from me!” Ex: “Get that bug away from me,” screamed Mrs. Pattrick. Rule #3 Continued... Punctuation before quotation even when the quote is split. EX: “We need to get to class on time,” Riley demanded, “or we are going to get detention this time.” Rule #4 Start a new paragraph every time there is a new speaker. Ex: "How long a hike is it?" Ray asked. "I don't know whether I have the energy." "I think," said Iris, "that it's about seven miles to the top." “Seven Miles!” Ray screeched. “No way!” Any Questions???