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Introducting Quotations: Punctuation
« on: October 22, 2009, 02:12:06 PM »
The handout (word and .pdf formats) you'll find attached is an easy one-page overview of the
three most common ways to introduce a quotation:

1.  With a colon (when the signal phrase is an Independent Clause).
2.  With a comma (when the signal phrase is a Dependent Clause).
3.  Blended (when the signal phrase combines with the quotation to make a grammatical sentence without extra punctuation).

There are samples of each type.

When I use this type of handout in class, I'd then usually provide my students with some quotations taken from some sources (or made up) and (in groups) have then take each quote and introduce it all three ways.  As a class we'd then compare what the groups came up with and decide which seem to work best--and why.

You can find an associated handout regarding Signal Phrases here:
http://www.eslweb.org/resources/index.php?topic=14.0
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Re: Introducting Quotations: Punctuation
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011, 05:22:43 PM »
I really like Juval's worksheet. And I like yours equally well. But I don't see how either has been fully intergrated into a writing or reading task?
 
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Re: Introducting Quotations: Punctuation
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011, 09:01:38 AM »
I normally use the worksheets from my post as part of a larger unit on direct quotes, paraphrasing, and summarizing.  One of the reasons I do this activity is that beginning academic writing students, including NS and NNS, often get stuck on the idea of just throwing in lots of block quotes into their papers.  So, I would often use this by taking samples from papers in previous semesters--say a paragraph that includes a direct quote, and then ask the students to consider other ways that they might integrate that quote into the paragraph (e.g. by using a comma or blended format instead). 

From a writing teacher's perspective, using this variety of formats for quote integration makes for a paper that can flow better and seem more academic that would otherwise be the case.
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Re: Introducting Quotations: Punctuation
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 08:22:36 PM »
Professor,
 
That sounds really cool! Hopefully I will have some truly academic writers that I can teach good quoting pratices too. Thanks for fitting that into a larger context. It makes it much more usable.  :book