Do Now: Discuss the mid-term Meaningful Dialogue Dialogue is a conversation in writing. When writers incorporate dialogue into their pieces, it makes the story seem more believable. In addition, dialogue helps to move a story forward, reveal character relationships and increase the emotion of a story. Writing Meaningful Dialogue When a new speaker speaks, start a new paragraph “What do you want for dinner?” Dad asked. “I’m in the mood for pizza,” I replied. Always put punctuation marks (commas and periods) inside the quotation marks “I wonder,” she said, “what will I be getting for my birthday.” Introduce or follow dialogue with dialogue tags (such as said, replied, commented, yelled) along with the speaker’s name “I don’t know,” said Mike in a puzzled voice. Semi-Colon The Semi-colon has 3 primary functions: 1) To combine two closely related complete sentences (independent clauses) which are not joined by a conjunction* 2) To separate complete sentences (independent clauses) that are joined by a conjunctive adverb* 3) To separate items in a list when commas alone would be confusing EXAMPLE The man was wet; he was standing in the rain without an umbrella. In this example, there are two complete sentences (independent clauses): #1: “The man was wet.” (independent clause) #2 “He was standing in the rain without an umbrella.” (independent clause) EXAMPLE Jane likes fruit; however, she does not like apples. In this example, there are two complete sentences (independent clauses) #1: “Jane likes fruit.” (independent clause) #2 “She does not like apples.” (independent clause) These clauses are separated by a semicolon and the conjunctive adverb “however”. Example The school specializes in three fields of study: economics, the study of the economy; philosophy, the study of thought; and anthropology, the study of mankind. #1: “economics, the study of the economy” Field of study #1 #2: “philosophy, the study of thought.” Field of study #2 #3: “anthropology, the study of mankind.” Field of study #3 This list of fields of studies are separated by a semicolon.