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July 26, 2018

Using Book Quotes to Spice Up Your Classroom

By Rhonda Stewart
Grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    I am always looking for different and easy ways to make my classroom come alive in the “decorating artsy kind of way.” I am, however, somewhat challenged in that area. It takes a while for me to think of how I want the classroom to appear before my students arrive.

    Viewing the quote wall at the Scholastic headquarters a few years ago gave me a great idea of not only a decorating theme, but also as a means of involving my students with their reading. I decided to borrow the idea of the quote wall for my classroom. The pictures you are about to see are the first moves towards creating this wall, so bear with me and remember that I am artistically challenged. Also, the idea is to lay the groundwork and then allow students to build on it.  

    Crafting Quoting All Characters

    I wanted the quotes to be from books that would reflect the students' interest and what was then currently popular. The students would be required to add to this "Quoting All Characters" wall during this school year from the books that they were reading. The wall can also act as a springboard for writing, especially when a student has one of those "stuck and at a loss for what to write about" moments.

    Some of the books that immediately came to mind were, the Hunger Game trilogy, Divergent, Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, and Rules just to name a few. After researching the books online, I selected quotes that resonated with me and hopefully my students. I created speech bubbles for each of the quotes. I enlarged the text for display in my room. I did notice that I will have to play around with size of the text, but for now it will do. I am including a blank template for those of you who would like to try, as well as the actual quote from the book. I am so excited and cannot wait to see what this project will morph into.  

    Sample Templates

      

     

    Cloud Templates

       
       

    Quoting All Characters: Display

             
     
     
     

    Blank Templates

       
     
     

    Pearls of Wisdom — Find an idea and make it your own. Remember, it helps to have visual images to bring your version of the idea to life. As always, any ideas that help make your classroom more inviting. If so, please share!

    I am always looking for different and easy ways to make my classroom come alive in the “decorating artsy kind of way.” I am, however, somewhat challenged in that area. It takes a while for me to think of how I want the classroom to appear before my students arrive.

    Viewing the quote wall at the Scholastic headquarters a few years ago gave me a great idea of not only a decorating theme, but also as a means of involving my students with their reading. I decided to borrow the idea of the quote wall for my classroom. The pictures you are about to see are the first moves towards creating this wall, so bear with me and remember that I am artistically challenged. Also, the idea is to lay the groundwork and then allow students to build on it.  

    Crafting Quoting All Characters

    I wanted the quotes to be from books that would reflect the students' interest and what was then currently popular. The students would be required to add to this "Quoting All Characters" wall during this school year from the books that they were reading. The wall can also act as a springboard for writing, especially when a student has one of those "stuck and at a loss for what to write about" moments.

    Some of the books that immediately came to mind were, the Hunger Game trilogy, Divergent, Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, and Rules just to name a few. After researching the books online, I selected quotes that resonated with me and hopefully my students. I created speech bubbles for each of the quotes. I enlarged the text for display in my room. I did notice that I will have to play around with size of the text, but for now it will do. I am including a blank template for those of you who would like to try, as well as the actual quote from the book. I am so excited and cannot wait to see what this project will morph into.  

    Sample Templates

      

     

    Cloud Templates

       
       

    Quoting All Characters: Display

             
     
     
     

    Blank Templates

       
     
     

    Pearls of Wisdom — Find an idea and make it your own. Remember, it helps to have visual images to bring your version of the idea to life. As always, any ideas that help make your classroom more inviting. If so, please share!

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