Notable Quotable

Teaching during the 2020 Election?

This resource is part of our Election 2020 collection, designed to help you teach about voting rights, media literacy, and civic participation, in remote and in-person settings.

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This routine invites students to consider a meaningful, inspirational, or thought-provoking quotation. Depending on the quotation you choose, you can use this routine for lighthearted community building or, more seriously, to invite students to share their perspectives on important topics and ideas. When you choose quotations that resonate with students and are relevant to their lives, you demonstrate that you care about their identities and interests. The following sentence starters can prompt students’ thinking as they write and talk about the quotations.

Notable Quotable Sentence Starters

  • The quotation makes me think of/about . . .
  • The writer/speaker wants us to consider . . .
  • I wonder what the writer/speaker means by . . .
  • Parts I agree with are . . . , and parts I disagree with are . . . 
  • I don’t understand . . .
  • This quotation resonates with me / relates to my experience because . . .

Face-to-Face Learning

Write or project a quotation on the board so it is visible when students enter the room. Start by asking students to reflect on the quotation in their journals, providing them with the Notable Quotable sentence starters as needed. Then ask them to share their ideas in a pair or triad discussion with their peers. Debrief with a Wraparound activity or brief class discussion.

Remote Learning

Share a quotation on a virtual whiteboard like Jamboard or Zoom’s whiteboard feature, or in a Google Doc, and have students use the Notable Quotable sentence starters (or their own ideas) to respond to the quotation. Give them a minute to read each other’s comments, and then, using a different colored sticky note (Jamboard) or different font color (Zoom whiteboard or Google Doc), respond to two classmates’ comments. Time allowing, invite students to notice patterns of thinking, places of agreement, and places of disagreement. 

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