"Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it, because action has magic, grace, and power in it." Goethe

Teaching Tip: Quote ‘Em


Yesterday my intern and I took our students to the cafeteria for the daily writing lesson.
There is a display of posters there, posters spotlighting famous African Americans. Each one has a quotation on it.
We chose the ones we liked best. Some kids, like me, couldn’t decide–or liked them all. So we sat and copied.
We added these quotations to an ongoing list.
We are trying to help the children build a repertoire of words to pull from when they need them to illustrate a point, to start or end a paper.
We have a long way to go, but our efforts are paying off.
The kids are serious. They want to build up their “mental warehouses” with many words…their own as well as those of others.
I have hope when we write like this. I think the kids do, too.


Author: agnestirrito

I write. Make art. And in between, I do the best I can. ✌🏼️

4 thoughts on “Teaching Tip: Quote ‘Em

  1. What a great idea! People love quotes, there are tons of websites devoted to them. The best ones make you pause and consider, another word for learning. I hope there was some Mark
    Twain in there.

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