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Figure It Out!
Read each situation carefully. Using the given information, when prompted,
write the quotation (Q), the parenthetical citation (PC), and the Works Cited
page entry (WC).
Use a quotation from one of your literature circle
books found on page 2. (Q, PC)
You want to say your book is funny, and you found a
quotation from a review of one of your literature circle books by Sybil S.
Steinberg and Stephanie Zvirin that says “This book is laugh out loud funny.”
The article was originally published in Booklist on June 12, 2001,
volume 12 issue 3, on page 22 under the title of the literature circle book.
You found the article by accessing ProQuest from home on March 10, 2004.
(Q, PC, WC)
The sentence “Details are not merely visual; remember
to engage all the senses” is found on page 17 of a book called Description
by Monica Wood. It was published by Writer’s Digest Books in Cincinnati,
Ohio in 1995. You would like to use the author’s name in a signal phrase
placed within the text. (Q, PC, WC)
You want to support the idea that good books are sad.
On page 100 of the book Good Advice on Writing, you found the quote “Make
’em laugh; make ’em cry; make ’em wait” said by Charles Reade. The
book has a subtitle: Great Quotations from Writers Past and Present on How
to Write Well, and it has two editors, William Safire and Leonard Safir.
Simon and Schuster, a company based in New York, NY, published the book in
1992. (Q, PC, WC)
In Volume 3 of Literature and Its Times, you
find someone on page 233 saying that the public was shocked by the graphic
nature of Catcher in the Rye when it was first published. You
would like to say that one of your literature circle books is also graphic
in nature. The source does not tell you who wrote the entry on “Catcher
in the Rye,” but you do know the reference books were edited by
Joyce Moss and George Wilson and were published by Gale Research in Detroit,
MI in 1997. (Q, PC, WC)
Donald R. Gallo says that “Like classics, contemporary
books for teenagers have plots that can be charted, settings that play significant
roles, and characters whose personalities, actions, and interactions can
be analyzed.” One of your literature circle books has a meaningful
setting, so you want to use that part of the quote, and you would like to
include the author’s name within the text. This article, “How Classics
Create an Aliterate Society,” was originally published in English Journal
in volume 90, issue 3 in January 2001 on pages 33-39. Your teacher
gave you the article on March 1, 2004. She printed it out of ProQuest
on February 26, 2004. The quote was on page 3 of the printout.
(Q, PC, WC)
Fix It Up!
Read the original quotation and Works Cited entry carefully. Correct
the mistakes in each of the attempts to use the information within a paper
according to MLA format.
Original: Like classics, contemporary books for teenagers
have plots that can be charted, settings that play significant roles, and
characters whose personalities, actions, and interactions can be analyzed.
There are figurative language, foreshadowing, irony, and other literary elements
in the best of the newer works.
WC Entry: Gallo, Donald R. “How Classics Create An Aliterate
Society.” English Journal 90.3
(2001): 33-39. ProQuest. Anthony J. Durso Media Center, Islip Terrace. 27
Feb. 2004 <http://proquest.com>.
Donald R. Gallo understands newer books, “Like classics,
[…] have characters whose personalities, actions, and interactions can be
analyzed.” (Gallo 37)
“There are foreshadowing […] in the best of the newer
Gallo asserts, “There are figurative language, […]
[and] irony…in the best […]” contemporary fiction for young adults.
Original: Guterson's particular strength is description.
"Her hair...was a river of iridescent onyx....Mrs. Shigemura lifted Hatsue's
hair in her palms and said its consistency reminded her of mercury and that
Hatsue should learn to play her hair lovingly, like a stringed musical instrument
or a flute. Then she combed it down Hatsue's back until it lay opened like
a fan and shimmered in unearthly black waves." This is poetry masquerading
WC Entry: “Snow Falling on Cedars.” Rev. of Snow Falling
on Cedars, by David Guterson. People 12 July 1995: 15-6. Book Review
Digest. Wilson. East Islip Public Library, East Islip. 25 Feb. 2004 <http://www.hwwilson.com>.
Snow Falling on Cedars is filled with “[…] poetry masquerading
as prose” (Snow).
According to one reviewer, “Guterson's particular strength
is description, "her hair...was a river of iridescent onyx.…” is just one
“Guterson's particular strength is description.
This is poetry masquerading as prose”, one reviewer claims. (“Snow”).
can be used to define a character.”
WC Entry: Smith, Leo, and Jay Lerner, eds. Quotes for
Writers. Boston: Story, 1999.
Smith and Jay point out that “Names can define a character”