Quotes are a great way to provide evidence that backs up your ideas. You can quote us on that.
|4th Grade||Language Arts|
And not just evidence that the person who said the quote was super smart and successful.
Let’s say you read a book and you’re pretty sure you know exactly what it’s all about.
You can’t wait to tell the world what you’ve learned, but you can’t just expect people
to believe you with no evidence. You need quotes to back up your ideas. [Boy approaches girl in the corridor]
When we quote a text, we're including a tiny part of it in what we're writing, so even
if a reader hasn't read the text you're writing about, the quote will provide evidence for
your ideas, right there in black and white. [Boy reading text]
…or glittery purple, if you’re so inclined. Take a look at this quote from A Long Walk
to Water about Uncle Jewiir:
Depending on what we're writing about, this quote could be used as evidence for a lot
of different conclusions.
We could say that Uncle Jewiir helped to calm Salva, and nobody could tell us we’re wrong
because it's right there in the first sentence.
If you included this quote in an essay, you'd have great evidence to support your point. [Box of evidence]
You could even use this quote as evidence for an idea that isn't quite as directly stated.
Say you were writing an entire essay about the character of Uncle Jewiir, trying to give
your reader a sense of what this guy was like. [Jewir walking in a wasteland]
Could this quote help you out?
Well, the quote doesn’t directly describe Uncle Jewiir’s character – it doesn't
say he was cheerful, or grumpy, or a big fan of model airplanes – but it does describe
The fact that Uncle Jewiir spent all morning talking to his nephew, trying to calm him
down is pretty good evidence that the guy was compassionate and caring. [Jewir with his nephew]
Bam – all the evidence you need for your “Uncle Jewiir was compassionate and caring” essay.
So now we know that a quote doesn't have to be on the base of statue to be important!
…Hm. Maybe we should've started with that… [Man stood with a statue]
that might've saved your parents a lot of hard work…