Monthly Archives: February 2014

Argument CFA Tomorrow!

Please prepare your t-chart and complete annotating your articles for the CFA tomorrow on the issue of banning books.  

Good luck!  You are totally ready!

Edit Your OMAM Argument Paper for Comma Usage and MLA Formatting

Using your recent comma notes, edit the rough draft of your Of Mice and Men Argument Paper (due Monday) for comma usage.

Using the information below (the handout you received two weeks ago at the beginning of the writing process), to edit your rough draft for MLA formatting, with special emphasis on in-text citations. This is what we reviewed in class today.

OMAM Argument Paper
Technical Stuff for MLA Formatting

  • Always use the present tense when writing about literature.
  • You are writing a formal paper.  Do not use contractions,abbreviations, or texting dialect (unless you are quoting these styles       directly from the text).
  • Use a 12 point standard font.
  • Double space throughout your essay, including your “Works Cited” page.
  • Put your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner of each page (including the first page).
  • You do not need a separate title page. 
  • Do not put quotation marks around the title of your essay.  Yes, you     need to title your essay!
  • Titles of books are underlined or italicized.


Regarding Quotations

1. Always introduce your quotations in some way–either by using something like According to George Milton, ” . . .” or by working a part of the quote into one of your own sentences. Don’t just slap a quote on a paper like a BandAid.

2. Make certain that the way you use the quotation makes good sentence sense.

3. To cite short quotations in your paper, enclose the quotation within double quotation marks.

4. Provide the specific page number after the quotation inside parenthesis.

5. Punctuation marks such as periods, commas, and semicolons should appear after the parenthesis of the citation.

6. Question marks and exclamation points should appear inside the quotation marks if they are a part of the quoted passage but after the parenthesis if they are a part of your text.


      According to Curley’s wife, “’The whole country is fulla mutts,’” (85).

      Carlson proves the nature of his insensitivity with questions like, “’Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?’” (105).

7. Use an ellipsis (three spaced periods) to show a missing portion of a quotation.

Skills Book Practice on Commas

For tomorrow, please complete the following Comma Practice pages in your Skills Book:

Pages 11, 12, 14, and 17

Commas With Appositives and Commas in Compound Sentences

Commas With Appositives and Commas in Compound Sentences

Commas After Introductory Phrases and Clauses

Commas After Introductory Phrases and Clauses

Concluding Paragraph for OMAM Argument

Please complete the Concluding Paragraph Organizer for your OMAM Argument Paper for tomorrow.  We will have a typing / conference day tomorrow, so be ready to go!  These arguments are really shaping up!

I have posted a copy of the organizer below for your reference.