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Practicing Quotations: Formal and Informal
The attached page and excerpt come from an article about Stephen Colbert, host of The
Colbert Report.
Works Cited Entry
Strauss, Neil. “The Subversive Joy of Stephen Colbert.” Rolling Stone 17 Sept. 2009: 56+.
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FORMAL
INFORMAL
1. He says/ She says
4
Embedded Sentence
2. Colon
5
Embedded Phrase
3. Divided
Directions:
Beside each underlined item in the article is a number with a circle around it. This
number corresponds to the type of quotation you need to produce with the item.
1.
Write your own sentence, quoting the line or words per quotation type.
2. Include an in-text citation at the end of each of your sentence
Practicing Quotations: Formal and Informal
*** Consult the MLA Handbook (6.4.7) or PURDUE OWL to learn how to cite a quote
from a speaker who is NOT the author of the article where you found the quote.
3. Make commas, periods, the colon, and CAPITAL letters easy to identify.
1. Colbert reveals in an interview that the main target on his show is “people not willing to
change their minds”.
2. Colbert gives his opinion of satire: “[It] has a sharpened tip, for sure”.
3. “I really don’t mind making a fool of myself,” Colbert admitted, “because I have some
sense of who I am beyond this fool—I hope”.
4. Colbert was “overjoyed by the Ohio State University study that said…”
5. Colbert “[doesn’t]
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