ELA 4: Quotes' Importance

Quotes are a great way to provide evidence that backs up your ideas. You can quote us on that.

4th GradeLanguage Arts
LanguageEnglish Language

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And not just evidence that the person who said the quote was super smart and successful.

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Let’s say you read a book and you’re pretty sure you know exactly what it’s all about.

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You can’t wait to tell the world what you’ve learned, but you can’t just expect people

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to believe you with no evidence. You need quotes to back up your ideas. [Boy approaches girl in the corridor]

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When we quote a text, we're including a tiny part of it in what we're writing, so even

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if a reader hasn't read the text you're writing about, the quote will provide evidence for

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your ideas, right there in black and white. [Boy reading text]

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…or glittery purple, if you’re so inclined. Take a look at this quote from A Long Walk

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to Water about Uncle Jewiir:

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Depending on what we're writing about, this quote could be used as evidence for a lot

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of different conclusions.

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We could say that Uncle Jewiir helped to calm Salva, and nobody could tell us we’re wrong

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because it's right there in the first sentence.

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If you included this quote in an essay, you'd have great evidence to support your point. [Box of evidence]

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You could even use this quote as evidence for an idea that isn't quite as directly stated.

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Say you were writing an entire essay about the character of Uncle Jewiir, trying to give

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your reader a sense of what this guy was like. [Jewir walking in a wasteland]

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Could this quote help you out?

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Well, the quote doesn’t directly describe Uncle Jewiir’s character – it doesn't

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say he was cheerful, or grumpy, or a big fan of model airplanes – but it does describe

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his behavior.

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The fact that Uncle Jewiir spent all morning talking to his nephew, trying to calm him

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down is pretty good evidence that the guy was compassionate and caring. [Jewir with his nephew]

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Bam – all the evidence you need for your “Uncle Jewiir was compassionate and caring” essay.

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So now we know that a quote doesn't have to be on the base of statue to be important!

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…Hm. Maybe we should've started with that… [Man stood with a statue]

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that might've saved your parents a lot of hard work…