Quotation Interpretation: Words to the Wise Journaling and Drafting Pages

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Quotation Interpretation: Words to the Wise Journaling and Drafting Pages

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Words to the Wise journaling pages invite students to collect, discuss, and write about famous quotations or quotations in assigned texts.

Since interpreting quotes is a cross-content skill that is required in more formal writings including literary analyses, informational pieces, opinion/arguments writings, and research reports, it is important for students to be able to add direct quotes to their writings with confidence.
The lessons included with this collection require students to begin their writing pieces with a quotation and to use examples and stories to support their opinions about the quote.

Whether students are responding to fiction or nonfiction, properly punctuated quotations add credibility, authority, and interest to claims. So it’s a good idea to offer students lots of opportunities to interpret quotations - and to punctuate them using the speaker’s or writer’s name.

Each writing assignment begins with this formatted pattern:
Format: According to___________, “______________________________.”

Example: According to Abraham Lincoln, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

I have found that choosing one starter method, helps students master it and apply it to future assignments. If I add even one alternate method, mastery levels plummet.

The idea is to move this opening line to muscle memory so when students are asked to support a claim with a quote, they can concentrate on the quality of the content instead of stopping to remember the proper formatting.

Adding the perfect quote to support an opinion strengthens credibility.

Punctuating it incorrectly weakens it.

An easy-to-follow cheat sheet takes the guesswork out of how to effectively embed a quote so students feel confident and can move on to the opinion-sharing aspect of the assignment.

What do I get?

Journaling Pages (4 designs)
Lesson Plans (5 Days)
Quotation Interpretation Draft Paper (4 pages)
Cheat Sheet for Struggling Writers
Peer Revision Log
Grading Criteria Score Card
Directions for Preparing a Final Draft

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