Quotes Series

If your well of pithy thoughts is running dry, or you are out of topics for journal writing, here's a quick inspirational answer. Choose material from one of the four Quotes books in this series to jumpstart a great discussion, initiate table talk, or to start the next "great debate". More than just books of quotes, each page begins with a quote, includes a short biography of the quoted person and asks thoughtful follow up questions to get students thinking about it (along with space for recording answers). Quotes that Bring History to Life has 55 worksheet pages with quotes that span history from Julius Caesar to Melinda Gates and cover topics like patriotism, courage, leadership, and war. One I enjoyed was Edison's, "I have not failed. I've found 10,000 ways that won't work." In Quotes to Spark Discussion quotes were selected more specifically to spark discussion. They contain several proverbs along with quotes from the likes of Michelangelo, Emily Dickinson, Aesop, and Charles Schulz. Quotes to Start the Day are intended as food for thought or to inspire your day. Ones like, "The sun cannot shine into an inverted bowl." - Chinese proverb would certainly have me scratching my head (since I tend to think literally). Follow-up questions have students define inverted, put the metaphor into their own words, then, after other Chinese proverbs with a similar message are quoted, write their own proverb using a message selected from the choices given. Finally, Quotes to Stretch Your Brain takes us deeper into reasoning and analysis. The emphasis here is on finding meaning or application for quotes like "Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul" and "Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on silence?". So, what are you waiting for? Pick one and use it to spark a lively discussion or a good piece of thoughtful writing.

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