Lesson Plan

What's a Quote? (Bud, Not Buddy, Part II)

Quoting is a valuable skill in today's education. Lead your students on the right path with explicit instruction that will stick. Then, back it up with hands on practice on and experience in their own leveled chapter books.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to know a quote is a sentence or phrase taken directly from a text. Students will be able to quote accurately.


(15 minutes)
  • Lead your students in a discussion about quoting. You can start the thought process by writing, "What is a quote?" on the board.
  • Once you have finished discussing, ask students to find a quote and write it on their whiteboards.
  • Allow students to struggle here, looking around to see what others are doing. Praise students who pull out their independent books in search for something to quote.
  • Note: You will see some students quoting famous lines such as, "To be or not to be" as well as looking through their books to find dialogue, which has quotation marks but is not the type of quote we are looking for in this lesson.
  • Have students put down their whiteboards and turn their attention to the Quoting Evidence chart you have made before hand. Make this chart with guidelines that matter to you about how students should quote evidence.
  • Give students a moment to read the chart and ask questions.
  • Have students work with a shoulder partner to critique their quotes.
  • Explain how they will be expected to use relevant quotes when providing answers to questions or writing summaries.