Indention and Quotations
In this ESL writing lesson, students are introduced to the proper ways to use indentation and quotations in their writing.
---->Last week something really funny happened. It was Saturday morning, and my sister and I were getting ready to go to the grocery store with my mother. When we were almost ready, my mother suddenly stopped.
---->“Oh no!” she said.
---->“What?” I asked her.
---->“I can’t find my keys! Where are my keys?” she yelled.
a) put quotation marks (“___”) around their words
b) put the punctuation (,.?!) inside the quotation marks
c) put a comma before the quotation if there is no other punctuation before it
d) start the quotation with a capital letter
Wrong: My mother said, “Let’s go”!
Right: My mother said, “Let’s go!”
Wrong: “Where is my cat? asked Meg.”
Right: “Where is my cat?” asked Meg.
Wrong: The teacher yelled “Sit down!”
Right: The teacher yelled, “Sit down!”
Wrong: John asked, “can I go home?”
Right: John asked, “Can I go home?”