Integrating Outside Texts into Your Own Writing
Why it matters
This year, you will be integrating material from other texts (novels, websites, articles, etc.) into your own writing. The reason we do this as writers, is to support what we say with proof or evidence.
You will use this skill when you write about literature as well as other kinds of writing, like research papers or inquiry papers. Journalists are experts at weaving in quotations. Just read a newspaper to see how they do it.
This skill is an important one to learn. If you can get the knack of integrating outside material into your own writing, you will be writing stronger, more fluent essays throughout high school.
We will be practicing this skill many times:
After the first time we learn this skill, you will be expected to practice it and master it. If you forget, this page is here for your reference.
|How To Guides|
Samples from your Falcon Skills and Style Handbook
Integrating a direct quotation (passage from a text):
Before you "plop" in the passage, you must set it up, give it context. Your reader should be expecting what you give him. Also, quotations can be full (like a complete sentence or more) or partial (meaning only a fragment of a sentence, the most important part). When integrating partial quotations, be sure your introduction (context setter) plus the partial quote create a complete and grammatically correct sentence.
Direct quotation, full, under four lines
Direct quotation, partial
Direct quotation, full, over four lines
A [direct quote over four lines long] should be indented as shown above. Indent the left margin two tabs for each line and leave the right margin equal to the rest of the paper. Use no quotation marks to designate the quote. DO NOT single space the indented quotation. Do not add extra lines before or after the indented quotation. Also, in this case only, the period goes after the quote.
Integrating summaries or paraphrases (when you put sections of a text into your own words)
Model phrases to use when weaving source material into
Replace italicized elements with your author, title and topic.
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