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.

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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”:

  1. The lead-in statement (“According to…”)
  2. The quote
  3. The in-text citation
  4. 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

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Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

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