Bold, Italics, Underlining and Quotes Pre-Assesssment         Name __________________


    Circle the words that should be in bold or italics, then write a B or I over them for bold or italics. Underline the words that should be underlined. Draw quotes around the words that should be in quotes.


    The Wiggliest Wiggle


    I. Wally’s Wiggly Wiggle


    Wally read a book called Wild Wiggling. In the chapter called Hips Are Just the Start, which was first published in The New York Times, he learned to move his waist in the shape of the letter O, the letter S and the word OSPREY. He sure was wiggly.



    II. Wanda’s Wigglier Wiggle


    Wanda watched the movie Worm Squad, then bought the soundtrack with the hit song The Underground Wiggle-Off Goes Down. She thought, Holy hula, I love this song. So she wiggled like a boss to it all night long.



    III. Juaferio’s Wiggliest Wiggle


    Juaferio read the short story Everything Can Wiggle More, featuring the poem Wigglefesto. He vowed to be the greatest wiggler ever, even if that goal was a little loco. The fluorescent bulb he was under kept flickering as he read the word wiggle over and over. Finally he had a seizure for like ten hours due to a tragic medical condition. It was no joke. He had to have brain surgery.










    Bold, Italics, Underlining and Quotation Marks: Rules        Name __________________________



    Bold is only for headings. The title of your paper or story should be in bold, centered. Different sections of a research report or textbook will have subheadings in bold, not necessarily centered.


    Italics and underlining are equivalent, but italics are preferred unless writing by hand or by old-fashioned typewriter.  Use either for the titles of major works, such as books, movies, newspapers, plays, and magazines (The New York Times, The Royal Tenenbaums). 


    Also use italics or underlining for foreign words (I ordered coq au vin) and for emphasizing words or phrases (This paste is so delicious!).


    Also use italics (and first person, present tense) for expressing direct (quoted) thoughts. (Carshmella thought, I can fly! Wait. . . .)


    Use “quotation marks,” NOT italics or underlining, for smaller works, including songs, stories, poems, articles or chapters ("Stairway to Heaven," "Escalator to Purgatory").


    Use italics, underlining OR quotation marks for talking about words or letters (Pneumonia is hard to spell.) 


    To Do: Correct your pre-assessment. Then write a very short story or fake article with (1) a bold title (circle it and write a B above it), (2) two bold subheadings, not centered (circle them and write a B above them), (3) the underlined name of a book or movie, (4) the underlined name of a newspaper or magazine, (5) an underlined foreign word or emphasized word, (6) an underlined direct thought, (7) the title of a song or poem in quotes, and (8) the title of a short story, article or chapter in quotes. Also, (9) talk about a word or letter, with that word or letter either underlined or in quotes. For all of the above, if typing instead of writing by hand, use italics instead of underlining. 


Last Modified on November 28, 2016