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D on’t Float Your Quotes! H ow to use blended quotations effectively in your writing. Effectively incorporating quotations into writing can be tough!. Sometimes writers leave quotations “floating” or unattached to a sentence which causes confusion and usually results in a loss of meaning.

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    1. Don’t Float Your Quotes!How to useblended quotations effectively in your writing

    2. Effectively incorporating quotations into writing can be tough! Sometimes writers leave quotations “floating” or unattached to a sentence which causes confusion and usually results in a loss of meaning.

    3. Introduce Them Formally… Montag says, “Quote” (Bradbury 50). The narrator says, “Quote” (Bradbury 50). Clarisse says, “Quote” (Bradbury 50). The author writes, “Quote” (Bradbury 50).

    4. Try it now… • Go into your draft, select a quote, and BLEND it into your writing. • Rewrite the NEW sentence with the blended quotation in the margin.

    5. …at the beginning “Swimming may have seemed a superfluous skill” to others who watch the lessons, but Gomez feels that she had learned an invaluable life secret (Smith 5) .

    6. Try it now… Select another quotation and use the quote as your own words at the beginning of a sentence!Be sure it makes grammatical sense!

    7. …and at the end Gomez understands years later why her ancestors never learned to swim when she visits “West Africa and learned of the poisonous, spiny fish that inhabit most of the coastal waters” (Smith 50).

    8. Try it now… • Select another quotation and blend it into your own words at the end of a sentence.

    9. When you blend a quotation into a sentence, be sure that the quoted material fits grammatically into the sentence. For example, be sure that what you end up with is a complete sentence and not a sentence fragment.

    10. “The sea,” she learned, “a fearful place” for her African ancestors. What’s wrong with this sentence? It’s missing a VERB! The sentence should be written as… “The sea,” she learned,was “a fearful place” for her African ancestors.

    11. Make sure it agrees! Guy Montag reflects on how “my wife does not remember when or where we met” (Bradbury 50). Montag reflects on how “[his] wife does not remember when or where [they] met” (Bradbury 50).

    12. Go ahead and blend the rest of your quotes.Try to vary your technique if possible.