Titles How To Display Titles Properly… And look good while doing it! HSA/Grammar Skills
To Begin with… • When dealing with titles, you have three options: • Underline • Italics • “Quotation Marks” • BUT… • Underline and Italics do the same exact job!!! • (so you really only have two options )
Why do we do this, anyway?! • To separate the words of a title from the rest of the words in a sentence or paragraph. • Remember: people who read your writing, whatever it may address, may not know or be familiar with exactly what you’re talking about • So…you cannot assume that your reader will know what the title you’re discussing actually is!! • Consider the case of one of my favorite novels of all time… • To respect the effort that authors put into creating a title. • Besides, a title is a piece of writing’s first impression!
What types of titles get what treatment??? Underline or Italics • Book titles • Movie titles • Magazine titles • Newspaper titles • Album titles • Anthology/collection titles “Quotation Marks” • Short story titles • Magazine article titles • Newspaper article titles • Song titles • Poem titles
Examples:underline or italics • Book titles • Monster; Animal Farm; Macbeth • Movie titles • Forrest Gump; The Fast and the Furious; Twilight • Magazine titles • Rolling Stone; Cosmopolitan; ESPN The Magazine • Album titles • …And Justice for All; Tha Carter III • Anthology/Collection titles • Glencoe Literature
Examples:“Quotation marks” • Magazine article titles • “Jonas for Life” • Newspaper article titles • “President Obama Addresses Nation Over Healthcare Reform” • Song titles • “American Pie” (Don McLean); “Jammin” (Bob Marley); • Poem titles • “Howl” (Allen Ginsberg); “Blessing the Boats” (Lucille Clifton)
Try this question… The following sentence contains two titles. Choose the revision that correctly portrays them. Walter Dean Myers’s novel, “Monster,” contains material that is loosely related to a poem by Frank Marshall Davis entitled The Slave. • Monster; The Slave • “Monster;” “The Slave” • Monster; “The Slave” • The sentence is correct as it is.
And the correct answer is… • C — Monster; “The Slave” • Monster is a novel (a book), and therefore must be underlined (or italicized) • “The Slave” is a poem, and therefore must be in “quotation marks”