• Tips for Integrating Quotations into Writing:

    Step 1:

    • Select a quotation you would like to integrate into your piece.
    • Sample: "by degrees--very gradually--I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever" (p.1)

    Step 2: 

    • Select a word, or several words, from that quotation that carry significant ideas.
    • Sample: "by degrees--very gradually," "I made up my mind to take the life of the old man," and "rid myself of the eye forever"

    Step 3: 

    • Compose a sentence that includes those words and the point you want to make. There are several ways to do this:

    1. Write a complete sentence and use a colon to introduce the quote.

    Sample: The narrator has a clear goal in killing the old man: "to rid [him]self of the eye forever" (p.1).

    2. Write a statement ending in that to introduce the quote.

    Sample: The narrator reveals his madness and cold-bloodedness when he tells the reader that "[He] made up [his] mind to take the life of the old man" (p.1).

    3. Write a statement followed by comma to introduce the quote.

    Sample: The narrator explains calmly, " I made up my mind to take the life of the old man" (p.1)

    4. Insert short quotations into your own sentence.

    Sample: Poe uses dashes to emphasize how the narrator "very gradually" decides to kill the old man (p.1).