8 When the expression identifying the speaker interrupts a quoted sentence, the second part of the quotation begins with a lower case letter.Example: “What are some of the things,” asked Mrs. Perkins, “that astronauts discovered on the moon?”
9 A direct quotation is set off from the rest of the sentence by a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point, but not by a period.Example: “I’ve just finished reading a book about Harriet Tubman,” Alison said.
10 A period or comma is always placed inside the closing quotation marks. Example: Mr. Aaron said, “The story is set in Fresno, California.”
12 When you write dialogue, begin a new paragraph each time you change speakers. Example:“I am very tired,” Mike said to his mom.“That is understandable,” she said,“especially after a long day of work.”
13 DOES YOUR DIALOGUE LOOK LIKE THIS? “How do I write dialogue?” askedMarty as he was walking out of class.“It is easy!” replied Sarah. “All youhave to remember is the correctpunctuation.”“I know,” replied Marty, “but I needpractice.” He looked dejected.Sarah tried to console him and said,“Cheer up, Marty! I will help proofreadyour short story. We’ll make it perfect.”
14 Other Uses for Quotation Marks Use quotation marks to enclose titles of short works such as short stories, poems, articles, songs, and chapters and other parts of books.Examples: “The Dinner Party”“Greensleeves”“Casey at the Bat”
15 Punctuation before Quotation I can’t believe Ms. Smitley is this loud whispered Aliyanna but she is a great teacher Are you going to eat that apple Heath questioned Will