Common Core requires that students understand complex text independently. Now here is a quick and easy way for students to practice that just takes a few minutes but really uses thinking skills! It is perfect for reading, writing, and character education all in one!
This activity works well independently or in partners/small groups.
It would also be great in an independent writing center or as a bell-ringer activity.
Students analyze a quotation (or more than one) of four different presidents. Eight quotations of each of the following presidents are included:
1. Quick Quotations: Abraham Lincoln
2. Quick Quotations:Theodore Roosevelt
3. Quick Quotations: John F. Kennedy
4. Quick Quotations: Barack Obama
All of the above sets are also sold individually.
Students then respond to the quotation (following your guidelines).
There are so many ways to do this, and I have purposely not provided directions on the sheets so that students can follow the example YOU set for them and include what YOU would like them to include.
A suggested sequence might be:
1. Read the quotation provided.
2. Think about the quotation. This can be done alone or with a partner in discussion. What does the quote mean? Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? Is the quotation important? Why or why not? Provide students with any questions you would like them to address in their thinking and/or discussion.
3. Write about the quotation. Students will now formulate their thoughts or discussion points into a piece of writing about the quotation.
4. You might then have students share their written responses aloud with the class.
Students could all work on the same quotation or you might provide different students with different quotations.
Please view the thumbnails to see some sample pages.
If you like this set, please check out my other Quick Quotations sets.
There is also a Quick Quotations Bundle (15 Sets in One) available. You can purchase 15 sets in one bundle and SAVE OVER TWELVE DOLLARS when you buy the sets in the bundle rather than individually! Please note: Only two of the presidents in the Presidential Bundle are included in the 15 set bundle (Lincoln and Kennedy). Please see individual product listings.
Quick Quotations Bundle (15 Sets in One!)
Other available sets:
Quick Quotations: Albert Einstein
Quick Quotations: Benjamin Franklin
Quick Quotations: Thomas Edison
Quick Quotations: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quick Quotations: Marie Curie
Quick Quotations: Rosa Parks
Quick Quotations: Amelia Earhart
Quick Quotations: Nelson Mandela (FREE)
Quick Quotations: Steve Jobs
Quick Quotations: John Lennon
Quick Quotations: Eleanor Roosevelt
Quick Quotations: Helen Keller
Quick Quotations: Mark Twain
Quick Quotations: Mohandas Gandhi
Quick Quotations: Civil Rights Edition
Quick Quotations: Sports Bundle which includes:
Quick Quotations: Baseball Edition
Quick Quotations: Basketball Edition
Quick Quotations: Football Edition
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Quick Quotations: Abraham Lincoln
Quick Quotations: John F. Kennedy
Quick Quotations: Barack Obama
Quick Quotations: The Presidential Bundle
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