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Summer Reading Exam . Common Mistakes. When it comes to novels…. UNDERLINE OR QUOTATION MARKS? Use the bookshelf trick: If it can sit on a bookshelf, then it is going to need ________________. If it needs “hooks” to help it stay on a bookshelf, then it is going to need _______________.

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summer reading exam

Summer Reading Exam

Common Mistakes

when it comes to novels
When it comes to novels…
  • UNDERLINE OR QUOTATION MARKS?
  • Use the bookshelf trick:
    • If it can sit on a bookshelf, then it is going to need ________________.
    • If it needs “hooks” to help it stay on a bookshelf, then it is going to need _______________.
me myself and i
Me, Myself, and I
  • FORBIDDEN WORD: I
  • Often used with: believe, think, feel
  • Other forbidden words: Me, myself, in my opinion
  • TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SENTENCE:
    • I believe that Billy Pilgrim has lost his mind because he sees Tralfamadorians.
    • I believe that Billy Pilgrim has lost his mind because he sees Tralfamadorians.
formal vs informal tone
Formal vs. Informal Tone
  • Whenever you’re in an educational setting, you should be writing in FORMAL tone!
  • STUFF: He’s seeing aliens and stuff.
  • CRAP: It was a crappy way to die.
  • CRAZY: It was crazy how he saw aliens!
  • Don’t overuse exclamation marks.
  • DEFINITELY avoid texting acronyms: lol, wth, ):
scoring
Scoring
  • Each question was worth 10 points.
  • You received full credit if you answered the question thoroughly and thoughtfully.
  • The more examples/details you gave, the higher your score.
  • Since many of you did not do well, you have an opportunity to average out your grade with a group quiz.
integrating quotes into responses
Integrating Quotes into Responses
  • Billy Pilgrim was numb to death because when Valencia died, “he smiled and said, ‘So it goes’” (Vonnegut 98).
  • Tim was “devastated at the loss of Kiowa” (O’Brien 76).