- Check formats for titles. When you give the title of an essay or news article, you should put quotation marks around it. When you give the title of a book or newspaper, you should italicize it. See the bottom of this webpage for further information.
- Check uses of quotations. Do not just drop a quotation into a sentence. Instead, integrate your quotations into your sentences as smoothly as possible. Any quotation you use needs to be used in such a way that the entire sentence, including your introductory phrase, is grammatically correct so readers do not get confused. Also, a quotation within a quotation needs to be surrounded by single quotation marks, not double ones. This webpage offers more guidance.
- Mention articles as smoothly as possible. Several people had rather awkward phrases like, "In an article by Joseph Stanton called 'Racism Still a Problem,' he writes, 'blah, blah, blah." It's much simpler to write, "In 'Racism is Still a Problem,' Joseph Stanton writes, 'blah, blah, blah." Often people take more words than necessary to say something rather simple. Keep it simple.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
General Issues from Opinion Essay Two
As you prepare your future opinion essays, there are a few things to keep in mind that came up as I graded the second batch.