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Quotes with Introductory Phrases

Help your EL students find and record quotes as evidence in nonfiction texts with the help of introductory phrases and sentence frames. This can support the lesson Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to make inferences based on evidence when reading nonfiction texts.

Language

Students will be able to find and record a quote from a nonfiction text with introductory phrases using sentence frames.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Write a quote from a familiar book or author on the board (e.g., "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." –A.A. Milne). Read the quote aloud and explain to students that this is something that the author A.A. Milne wrote in a book (Winnie the Pooh). Remind students that an author is a person who writes something, like a book or article.
  • Emphasize that, since this is something the author wrote and not your own words, it must be written with quotation marks (point out the quotation marks on the board). Remind students that in a text quotation signals dialogue. But we must also use quotation marks when we copy someone else's words in our own writing. Tell students that this is called a quote.
  • Explain that when we quote someone, we must give them credit for their words by writing their name. Tell students that this is called "citing the author." Write "cite the author" on the board and draw an arrow to the author's name on the board.
  • Tell students that today they will be using specific words and phrases to reference quotes from nonfiction texts.