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Writing Book Titles Mrs. Davis, 5 th Grade Language Arts / Writing Council Traditional School
Capitalizing • ALWAYS capitalize the FIRST word, the LAST word, and important words in the middle of: book & chapter titles, movie titles, album & song titles, magazine, newspaper, & article titles, titles of television shows & episodes, titles of works of art, and titles of plays! • DON’T capitalize small, meaningless words such as: a, an, the, and, of, to, for, with, or, by, in, on, etc.
Capitalizing • • • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone The Summer of the Swans The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great Out of the Dust
Underlining/Italicizing • ALWAYS completely underline (when printing) or italicize (when typing): book titles, movie titles, album titles, magazine/newspaper titles, titles of television shows, titles of works of art, & titles of plays!
Underlining/Italicizing • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone • Summer of the Swans • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great • Out of the Dust
Quotation Marks • Consider that book titles, movie titles, album titles, magazine/newspaper titles, titles of television shows, titles of works of art, & titles of plays! are major works, so they are underlined or italicized…
Quotation Marks • What would come INSIDE a major work would be considered a minor work (a PART, not the WHOLE), so we put it in quotation marks, but we CAPITALIZE it just as we would the major works. Minor works include: book chapters, short stories, & poems, movie chapters, song titles, magazine & newspaper articles, television episodes, & acts or scenes in plays
Quotation Marks • Book title (major): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling) • Book chapters (minor): “The Boy Who Lived” “The Keeper of the Keys” “The Man with Two Faces”
Quotation Marks • Movie title (major): The Notebook • Movie chapters (minor): “Noah’s Last Letter” “Allie’s Return” “Swan Song”
Quotation Marks • Album title (major): Back to Basics (Christina Aguilera) • Song titles (minor): “Here to Stay” “Back in the Day” “Enter the Circus”
Quotation Marks • Magazine title (major): Rolling Stone Magazine • Article titles (minor): “Legends of Rock” “The Day the Music Died” “When Jazz Enters the ‘Hood”
Quotation Marks • TV show (major): House, M. D. (Fox Television Network) • Episode titles (minor): “Needle in a Haystack” “One Day, One Room” “Lines in the Sand”
POP QUIZ! 1. Write the title of the book you’re reading now. 2. Kelly Clarkson has an album titled breakaway, and one of the songs is called because of you. Write the name of the album and the song correctly. 3. Write the name of your favorite movie. 4. One episode of the TV drama, csi: miami, was called dead woman walking. Write the name of the TV show and the episode correctly.
POP QUIZ! 5. Is “Life” a magazine or a magazine article ? 6. Is Temper an album or a song? 7. Is Blizzard a book title or a chapter name? 8. Is “E. R. ” a TV show or an episode name? 9. Is “Dog Team” a movie or a movie chapter? 10. Is Mardi Gras the name of a play or an act or scene in a play?