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1 Don’t Float Your Quotes!! Quote Flow (How to embed textual evidence within a sentence)

2 Textual Evidence Textual Evidence: 1. Is anything within the written text: can be a. What a person says b. Narrator explaining something TEXTUAL EVIDENCE IS ANYTHING WITHIN THE TEXT; Textual evidence is you proof to prove your answer to the question Answer + textual evidence + explanation of quote and how it proves your answer

3 Don’t Float Your Quotes Method 1: Identify the speaker of the dialogue before the quotation. Transition words like (for example, for instance) are good to use sometimes. Examples 1. Smith states, "He was a winner.” 2. Ortega believes,"You stick to it.” 3. For instance, Marc says that “his favorite class is chemistry.” 4. Macbeth desperately asks, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hands?” (II.ii.59).

4 Don’t Float Your Quotes Method 2 Blend the text as if the words were already a natural part of your own sentence. Examples: 1. Hardy used “the lantern hanging at her wagon” as a symbol of Tess’s future. 2. Because his emotions are swirling as a result of leaving the bedside of his dying friend, Paul experiences “the earth streaming with forces which pour into [him] through the soles of [his] feet” (33). a. Anytime you insert your own words within a quote you must put it in brackets.

5 Don’t Float Your Quotes Method 3: shortening quote If you omit material in order to be concise, mark the omission with 3 periods (called an ellipsis). You do not need to use these at the beginning and end of your quotations. It is understood that you are taking passages from a longer work. Ex. As Lennie continued to crush Curley’s fist, he turned “white and shrunken…his fist lost in Lennie’s paw” (68).

6 Examples Examples for introducing quotations 1. Edith Hamilton states, “ ____________” (55). 2. According to Hamilton, “___________.” (45). 3. In her book, Mythology, Edith Hamilton maintains that “__________” (59). 4. In Hamilton’s view, “_____________” (39). 5. Hamilton argues that, “_______” (39). Examples for including commentary on your quote 1. Hamilton’s claim that ____________ assumes that ________. 2. Hamilton emphasizes _________. 3. Hamilton’s points out ________ because _________. 4. Hamilton provides ample evidence that _________ is _________. 5. Although Hamilton’s claims support _________, it can also be said that ______. You may use the examples above, but they are only a few simple examples. The most effective way to introduce quotes and include commentary would require that you tailor your introductions and commentary to fit the topic and purpose of your paper.

7 Practice Quote Flow Fix the following examples to where it fluidly embeds textual evidence. 1. James talks about stealing purses and selling watches when he was at his worst. He has no emotions concerning this. “Every time they surged up, I shoved them back down inside me the way you stuff clothing in a drawer and shut it.” Method #1: James asserted that “every time they surged up, [he] shoved them back down inside [himself] the way you stuff clothing in a drawer and shut it.” Method #2: He has no emotions concerning this because “every time they surged up, [he] shoved them back down inside [himself] the way you stuff clothing in a drawer and shut it.”

8 Warm-up 10/24/12 (Practice Quote Flow) 1. “Ferocious beasts of the forest who lie in wait for their prey” show how Fredrick Douglass thinks the people are cruel and animal-like. Fredrick Douglass thinks that people are cruel and animal-like and compare them to “ferocious beasts of the forest who lie in wait for their prey.”

9 2. Lennie’s strength overpowered Curley. “The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie’s big hand.” “Curley was white and shrunken by now, and his struggle had become weak. He stood crying, his fist lost in Lenny’s paw.” Lennie’s strength so overpowered Curley that Curley looked “like a fish on a line” with his “fist lost in Lennie’s paw.”


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