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TITLES I. Here are t hree types to try for your essays:. Descriptive Phrase. Explains your subject for reader but does not create much interest Novels and Film Divorce in America Technology and Food. Imaginative. Gets the reader’s interest but may not always indicate the subject

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Titles i

TITLES I

Here are three types to try for your essays:


Descriptive phrase

Descriptive Phrase

  • Explains your subject for reader but does not create much interest

    • Novels and Film

    • Divorce in America

    • Technology and Food


Imaginative

Imaginative

  • Gets the reader’s interest but may not always indicate the subject

    • When Promises Fail

    • The Robotic Movement

    • The Titanic Sinks Again

    • The Modern Curse


Imaginative combination

Imaginative “Combination”

  • Gives an indication of the subject or focus and gets attention

    Lost in Technology

    Technology Sinks

    • Till Divorce Do Us Part

    • A Moving Picture Can Be Worth a Thousand Words (a cliché however)

    • To Tech or Not To Tech

    • In the Beginning There Was Technology

    • Brave New Tomato


Two part

Two-part

  • Uses a title and a subtitle

    • Start with a descriptive phrase

    • Follow this phrase with a colon [:]

    • Add an imaginative attention-getter

    • The Modern Curse: Divorce in America

    • To Tech or Not to Tech: Pros and Cons of Genetically Engineered Foods

    • Wired-Inn: The 21st Century Home

    • The Fall of a Nation—The Rise of Technology

    • Divorce in America: When Promises Fail

    • OR reverse these

      • Attention-getter first: Descriptive phrase

      • When Promises Fail: Divorce in America

      • Brave New Tomato: Genetically Engineered Foods


Techniques to use with titles

Techniques to Use with titles

  • Try an allusion to something your readers will recognize [Brave New Tomato is a play on the novel Brave New World which is set in a futuristic world]

  • Use alliteration at the beginning of words [Process, Product, and Practice: Portfolios in the Classroom]

  • Use other types of rhyme

  • Try a metaphor or simile


Caps and punctuation in titles

Caps and Punctuation in Titles

  • Capitalize the first word and all main words in a title. Do not capitalize:

  • articles [a, an the] except as the first word

  • conjunctions [and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet]

  • prepositions [in, for, over, between with, among, and many others]

  • to with a verbal [To Tech or Not to Tech]


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  • Follow these rules when referring to other titles in summaries and outside sources:


Italics and quotation marks with titles

Italics and Quotation Marks with Titles

  • Use italics for

    • Books

    • Web sites

    • TV Programs

    • Magazines

    • Newspapers

    • Movies and videos

    • Plays [Romeo and Juliet]

  • When writing by hand, underline to show italics


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  • Use Quotation marks for

    • Articles in magazines or newspapers

    • Essays (not when typing your essays, however)

    • Poems

    • Song titles

    • Chapters in books

    • Short stories

    • Page on a web site

    • TV episodes


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