Don't Dump Your Quotes!!!

By on May 15, 2012

How many times have you had to remind students that they can't just dump a quote into the middle of an essay? Probably more than you can count.

I recently used a template from the Integrating Sources section of Literacy TA to help them with this process. We are currently reading ​The Outsiders​ in my 8th grade Core class and I wanted students to practice integrating and analyzing quotes before we finish the novel and work on our final essay for the year. I had students complete a venn diagram to compare the greasers and Socs. Then they used one of the templates from the Integrating Sources section to write a short piece that described one similarity and one difference between the groups. 

This activity was a great scaffold to help prepare them for the essay and only took about 20 minutes of class time! Try this out the next time you give an assignment where students need to integrate and analyze quotes.

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