Begin the activity by choosing someone to read the dayâ€™s quote to the class. After providing students with time to think about the quoteâ€™s meaning and relevance, do a pair-share to maximize participation in the activity. Then, select a few volunteers to share their thoughts with the group. In these whole class discussions students may choose to identify the character trait or larger idea the quote addresses, offer interpretations of the quoteâ€™s meaning, or share examples demonstrating how the quote applies to their daily lives. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers.
Though the conversations take only a few minutes, the exercise is a valuable one because it encourages kids to think deeply, because thereâ€™s a high tone to the dialogue that appeals to the best in people, and because it allows the group to start the day on a positive note. Further payoffs to consistent use of this activity include better student behavior, stronger work habits and social skills, improved attitudes towards school, greater enthusiasm for and increased dedication to learning, more connections made between school and studentsâ€™ present and future lives, and enhanced vocabulary development.
I have uploaded a list of some of my favorite quotes into the "Classroom Resources" section of this website.
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