Tuesdays With Morrie

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What is a blended quote, and can I get an example of it?

And same for focusing sentences and Dialogue tag. Thank you!

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When writing a response to any literary query, the writer needs support to lend credence to his or her argument. The best way to incorporate these support quotes is by blending them.

The key to blending a quote successfully is verbally seamless integration. In other words, upon reading your response aloud, you shouldn’t be able to spot the location of your quotes. They should not stand out, but rather incorporate themselves invisibly into your response.

Here is a blended quote from To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Tom Robinson case “[affected Atticus] personally”, but through it all he implored his children to “hold their head[s] high,” for he believed in his cause (76).

Focus sentences are similar to thesis statements that tell the reader exactly what the point of the essay is.

Dialogue tags are the words used after a character has spoken, such as "he said", and "she whispered".

So, in the sentence: "I'd love to go out to dinner with you", Jane said, 'Jane said' is the dialogue tag.


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Blended quote from Tuesdays with Maury

"I have never been asked this by a teacher, I do a double take at this guy in his yellow turtle neck and green cordury pants, the silver hair that falls on his forehead. He is smiling. Mitch, I say. Mitch is what my friends call me."

Early in the novel we have the following fucus sentence that directly deals with culture.

"People are only mean when they're threatened, and that's what our culture does...And when you get threatened, you start looking out only for yourself. You start making money a god. It is all part of this culture." This quote can be found on page 42.

Dialog Tag/ Found on page 7

He tells them, "You have a special boy here. "


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