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No one taught me how to include quotes in my writing. I’m not saying that to insult my teachers because I had amazing teachers. It’s just it was a lesson that was assumed to be taught somewhere along the line. The reality was I had to learn the right way to include quotes through my mistakes that my teacher at the time would point out. The short of it is that I always knew I wanted to teach my students how to do it the right way from the beginning. So once my students knew how to write short answer responses in sixth grade, I moved up to including quotes in writing those responses for seventh grade.
[If you haven’t used my short answer response lesson, I would encourage you to do so. It will provide good practice for students before grappling material that is more challenging. That being said, you can use this lesson without teaching the short answer response lesson.]
This download provides a SMART notebook lesson on how to write text evidence responses that include a thesis, three examples with quotes and citations, and a conclusion. It also includes a corresponding sample essay, a text-evidence response to a question for the novel Among the Hidden. The download also includes a notes handout of the lesson, student-written examples, a reminder SMART notebook lesson for students to refer to during an in-class work day, and a rubric sheet to help make grading easier and to help point out any mistakes to students. Finally, this includes potential questions for students to respond to from 16 DIFFERENT books; I use four of those for class books and the remaining twelve as part of two literature circle units but any of them could be a class book.
NOTE: The lesson could be used across multiple curriculums as it offers a guide for constructing a logical eleven-sentence paragraph including quotations