Rules for Italics and Underlining and quotation marks Underlining and Italics can be interchangeable



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Rules for Italics and Underlining and quotation marks

Underlining and Italics can be interchangeable.

  • For Example:
  • Ms. Wagner’s classes read The Wave and Our Town.
  • Ms. Wagner’s classes read The Wave and Our Town.

Underline or italicize the titles of long written works:

  • Such as…
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Long plays
  • Book-length poems
  • Long musical compositions
  • Television series
  • CD’s
  • Films
  • Works of Art
  • The names of a collection of items.

Examples:

  • My favorite television show is House.
  • Teen People is Trina’s favorite magazine.
  • The drama department will be performing the play Beauty and the Beast in the spring.
  • Amazing Grace is a film about William Wilburforce’s fight to end the slave trade.

Your Turn:

  • Our summer reading novel was Lilies of the Field.
  • Our summer reading novel was Lilies of the Field.
  • Cats was a famous play on Broadway.
  • Cats was a famous play on Broadway.
  • The Oscar for Best Film of the Year went to No Country for Old Men.
  • The Oscar for Best Film of the Year went to No Country for Old Men.

Still your turn:

  • Ms. Wagner misses watching The West Wing.
  • Ms. Wagner misses watching The West Wing.
  • Grey’s Anatomy has scored higher in rankings than CSI.
  • Grey’s Anatomy has scored higher in rankings than CSI.

Still your turn:

  • Bob Seger has a new CD titled Face the Promise.
  • Bob Seger has a new CD titled Face the Promise.
  • In my mythology class, we read The Odyssey, which is a book-length poem.
  • In my mythology class, we read The Odyssey, which is a book-length poem.

Underline the names of individual air, sea, land, and space craft.

  • Captain Jack Sparrow commanded the Black Pearl.
  • Neil’s uncle worked on the Apollo 9 mission.

Using Quotation Marks in Titles:

  • The titles of short works such as short poems, songs, chapters, one-act plays, television episodes, essays, and short stories are placed in quotation marks “like this.”

Examples:

  • Have you ever read “A Worn Path,” a short story by Eudora Welty?
  • Jackson Browne is best known for his political songs such as “Tell Me Why.”
  • During our poetry unit, we will read “I, Too” by Langston Hughes.

Let’s see how much you remember!

  • I admire the poem I Hear American Singing.
  • I admire the poem “I Hear American Singing.”
  • The Masque of the Red Death is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • “The Masque of the Red Death” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Your Turn: All Mixed Up!

  • The Scarlet Letter is difficult to read, but it is a very interesting novel.
  • The Scarlet Letter is difficult to read, but it is a very interesting novel.

Still your turn…

  • Chapter five of our book is titled The Evil Eye.
  • Chapter five of our book is titled “The Evil Eye.”
  • James T. Kirk was the captain of the Enterprise.
  • James T. Kirk was the captain of the Enterprise.

More!

  • In the movie The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio was an undercover cop.
  • In the movie The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio was an undercover cop.

The End!



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