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To Quote or Not to Quote

Brenda Biletnikoff
Bay District Schools


After the students have learned how to punctuate writing with quotation marks, they will successfully edit a paragraph through the utilization of quotation marks.


The student produces final documents that have been edited for: correct spelling; correct punctuation, including commas, colons, and common use of semicolons; correct capitalization; correct sentence formation; correct instances of possessives, subject/verb agreement, instances of noun/pronoun agreement, and the intentional use of fragments for effect; and correct formatting that appeals to readers, including appropriate use of a variety of graphics, tables, charts, and illustrations in both standard and innovative forms.


-Surgical gloves with quotation marks drawn on palms (one pair for each student)
-Vis-à-vis markers
-Dry erase markers
-Overhead projector
-Large chart showing the different types of quotations and key verbs
-Brown paper bags


1. Arrange for computers for the entire class.
2. Ensure all materials are available for student use.
3. Review rules for the use of quotation marks.
4. Make a large chart showing the different types of quotations and key verbs.
5. Prepare gloves with quotations and place into brown bags.
6. Prepare an interactive paragraph that includes all students’ names.


Day 1

1. Ask if students have ever paid close attention to how quotation marks are used in their reading of newspapers and magazines.

2. Brainstorm and discuss the students’ responses.

3. Display a paragraph that needs editing for quotation marks on the overhead projector.

4. Attempt to edit the paragraph and to insert the correct quotation marks by using the paper and pencils that are placed on each desk.

5. Ask two students to volunteer to punctuate the paragraph that is placed on the overhead.

6. Ask the other students to compare their answers with what is on the overhead.

7. Discuss the varied responses of the students and then show the correct response on the overhead.

8. Display the chart board that details all of the rules for the use of quotation marks.

9. Discuss the rules for the utilization of quotation marks.

10. Hand out the newspapers.

11. Take the newspapers home.

12. Find one article that utilizes quotation marks and bring to class tomorrow.

Day 2

1. Highlight the quotations in the newspaper articles.

2. Display the articles on the bulletin board.

3. Review the rules for the utilization of quotation marks.

4. Discuss any mistakes in the placing of quotation marks found in the newspaper articles.

5. Open the brown paper bags that are placed on the desks.

6. Remove the two items that are in the bag.

7. Place the “quotation mark” gloves on the appropriate hands.

8. Read an interactive paragraph that includes all students’ names.

9. When the student hears his/her name that is followed by one of the key verbs, he/she raises his/her left hand, and at the conclusion of the quotation, he/she raises his/her right hand.

10. Pass out the magazines.

11. Find one article that uses quotation marks incorrectly.

12. Edit the article and type on the laptops.

13. Print a copy.

14. Save the copy for use in class tomorrow.

Day 3

1. Take out the copies of the typed magazine articles.

2. In small groups of four, look at the four articles and discuss if the typed copies are edited correctly using quotation marks.

3. Highlight any mistakes that are found.

4. Then display the articles on the classroom wall.

5. Summarize the rules for the placement of quotation marks.

6. Pass out a practice paragraph for each student to punctuate correctly.

7. Punctuate the paragraph and turn in to the teacher.

8. Evaluate the paragraph.


Following the completion of this lesson, the student will locate and edit and punctuate three quotations within a paragraph with no errors.
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