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Character Voices for Reading Dialogue

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Character Voices for Reading Dialogue
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Learn how to do character voices when reading dialogues in stories with this video.

Transcript Character Voices for Reading Dialogue

"And so the young girl said, why yes, I would love to buy some of your cookies. She picked up some cookies to buy, 'you're the only one who has bought my cookies today,' the baker exclaimed happily." "I can't sleep unless you do the voices!" Let's join Ari's bedtime story, as we learn all about character voices for reading dialogue. When reading stories, we often see dialogue. Dialogue tells you when a character is talking in a story. Quotation marks are used to signal dialogue in a text. This is how you know when there is dialogue, or speech, happening! The word, sentence, or sentences inside the quotation marks, tell you what that character is saying. Sometimes, dialogue doesn't tell you who is talking, but usually it tells you who is talking before the speech, or after the speech. Why is it important to be able to identify dialogue in a story? It helps you become a more fluent reader! To read in a voice for the character, first, pause and identify which character is talking. Second, think to yourself, how is the character talking? Third, read in a matching voice for the character! Let's practice using the first dialogue that was read by Zayd. The first dialogue was and so the young girl said, why yes, I would love to buy some of your cookies. First, we think, which character is talking? We know it is the young girl because the text tells us here. Second, we think, how is the character talking? Said doesn't tell us a lot, so we look at the dialogue itself for clues. Since the girl said, I would love, we can add a positive tone to the voice! Now, Zayd can match his voice to the character as he reads! "And so the young girl said, why yes, I would love to buy some of your cookies." Now let's take a look at the other dialogue from the story, and see if you can remember the steps for reading in character voices! It says she picked up some cookies to buy. You're the only one who has bought my cookies today, the baker exclaimed happily. Which character is talking here? The baker is talking, because after the dialogue it says the baker exclaimed. How is the character talking? Here it says happily, so we can read it in a happy voice. Let's listen to Zayd read in a matching voice for the character now! "She picked up some cookies to buy. You're the only one who has bought my cookies today! The baker exclaimed happily." While Zayd finishes reading to Ari, let's review! Today, we learned about character voices for dialogue. To read in a voice for a character, first, pause and identify which character is talking. Second, think to yourself, how is the character talking? Third, read in a matching voice for the character! "Keep reading, Zayd! Oh no! I guess doing those character voices was tiring work..."