Sentence Patterns: Varying Dialogue

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When writing dialogue, a good writer will continually change the way the speeches are written. This makes reading the dialogue more interesting. A good writer will move the speech tags, or the “Mary said” part, to the front, back, or middle of the speech. A good writer will also change the order of the speech tag and use other words besides “said”. Students rewrite the sentences by moving the speech tags to a different location. They may also change the speech tag make the speech more interesting.