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Weaving Quotes in A Piece of Writing By Ken Rodoff , English teacher, Springfield Township High School, Erdenheim , PA. Adapted by Joyce Valenza. What to Consider When Using Quotes. What am I trying to say? Can a passage from the text say it for me? Have I explained the value of the quote?.

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Weaving Quotes in A Piece of WritingBy Ken Rodoff, English teacher, Springfield Township High School, Erdenheim, PA.Adapted by Joyce Valenza

what to consider when using quotes
What to Consider When Using Quotes
  • What am I trying to say?
  • Can a passage from the text say it for me?
  • Have I explained the value of the quote?
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NOTE

Avoid "overquoting."

It is important that your own voice is heard!

discuss the effectiveness of the following writing samples
Discuss the effectiveness of the following writing samples:
  • Serious room for improvement:
  • William Golding's book Lord of the Flies is about kids stranded on an island.  Some of the kids are good and some are bad. "Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever" (Golding 180).  So I ask you, what causes irresponsible behavior?  Ralph is good, but Jack is bad.
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Room for improvement:

  • There are bad kids on the island. One of them is Roger. He drops a boulder on Piggy and kills him. "Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever" (Golding 180). This caused Piggy's death.
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A possible revision:

  • The truest form of wickedness on the island is evident in Roger. He demonstrates his true depravity when, "with a sense of delirious abandonment, [he] leaned all his weight on the lever" (Golding 180). Well aware of Piggy's place beneath him, Roger willingly takes Piggy's life.
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Another possible revision:

  • Roger's murder of Piggy clearly illustrates the depths children can sink to without appropriate supervision. As he stood high above Piggy on the mountain, "Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever" (Golding 180). His willingness to welcome the moment with "delirious abandonment" clearly demonstrates the level of pleasure that Roger received by committing this horrific act.
documenting the lines
Documenting the lines
  • When citing plays, poems or the Bible, omit page numbers and cite by division (act, scene, canto, book, part, etc.) and line. Titles of famous works are often abbreviated.
example
Example
  • Queen Gertrude is concerned about Hamlet's great distress over his father's death, saying "Do not for ever with thy vailed lids / seeks for they noble father in the dust: / thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die..." (Ham. 1.2.70-72).
research that would give insight to the wingfield family
Research that would give insight to the Wingfield family
  • Topics discussed in family counseling
  • Controlling relationships
  • Effects of divorce on children
  • Depression and its effects
  • depression in physically handicapped people
works cited page
Works Cited Page
  • Example of MLA format
  • www.essaywritinghelp.com/citations.htm
  • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/14/
  • www.csus.edu/owl/index/mla/mla_format.htm
  • www.ehow.com/how_5141605_write-mla-works-cited.html