Writing Strategy: Quotes
Background Information
Nonfiction authors often include quotes in their writing pieces. Quotes can be presented in a variety of ways.
Teaching with Mentor Texts
Use Journey North News for mentor text activities:

1. Notice and note how quotes are used in the news.
News updates include quotes from citizen scientists and field experts. As you read news updates, notice and note where and how quotes are used to lead into the news, support details, provide evidence, and inspire reflective responses. Be sure to cite the source for each quote.

2. Collect and create with notable quotes.
Explore the maps and sighting reports to collect detail-rich quotes that help tell the story of migration. Create your own nonfiction writing pieces that feature quotes from citizen scientists reporting to Journey North.

3. Sort quotes to explore ways to use them.
Think about how you can present quotes in your own nonfiction writing by sorting quotes collected from mentor texts. Possible sorting categories:

  • WHO: citizen scientists, field experts, other
  • WHERE: beginning, middle, ending
  • WHY: providing evidence, descriptive details, numbers/stats, answering questions, sharing observations, presenting findings

4. Provide guided practice with journal pages.
Make an anchor chart that showcases your discoveries about how to include, use, and feature quotes in nonfiction writing pieces. Brainstorm a list of people you could interview to collect quotes for your own writing.

Sample Mentor Texts


Try it! Journal Activity:

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