Integrating Quotes Lesson

Integrating Quotes Lesson
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A lesson plan that combines Colbert and Wheat Thins to teach one of the most difficult-to-teach skills in argumentative writing: smoothly integrating quotes and evidence.

I GO CRAZY when students just slap a quote the middle of their writing with no intro and no analysis.

Because I’ll just be innocently reading along and BAM. “80% of all teenagers say they love chicken.” And then the paper just continues on like nothing just happened.

It’s as if you’re sitting in a meeting and then out of nowhere someone (aka, the quote) bursts into the room, word-vomits a random fact, and then disappears.

Like, what?

Another way of putting it: you can’t just throw bread, mayo, and meat onto the table and call it a sandwich.

It’s just a collection of food.

This lesson takes students through identifying 4 parts of that quote “sandwich”:

  • The lead-in statement (“According to…”)
  • The quote
  • The in-text citation
  • The reasoning (or analysis)
  • Then uses a (miraculously politically-neutral) Colbert clip about a memo from Wheat Thins to show students examples of the quote sandwich in action.

    No more sudden screaming of facts, only smoothly integrated quotes. We hope.

    This lesson plan includes:

    • Content standards
    • Language standards
    • 1 detailed lesson plan
    • 1 Editable handout accompanying the lesson plan
    • Powerpoint slides for the lesson


    This lesson is included in the following bundle:

    Argumentative Unit Plan

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