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Students need to learn the skill of using and analysing quotations, particularly if they plan to go on to higher education. Here are 10 ways to seek out and correctly employ the words of others

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1. Beefed-up quotes

What is it? A PowerPoint guide that uses a hamburger analogy to explain how to embed quotations in writing

What users say "Simple and effective . perfect for my class, who quote rarely or badly."


2. In their own words

What is it? Using examples from newspapers, this resource asks students to identify direct quotations and reported speech

What users say "Great!!"


3. Three-point plan

What is it? An introductory guide to using the point, evidence, explanation structure to analyse quotations

What users say "Fantastic resource, thanks for uploading."


4. Angle of attack

What is it? A useful visual reminder to encourage students to approach quotations from different angles

What users say "I like using this as a poster. It reminds students of the many ways a quote can be analysed."


5. Embedding extracts

What is it? A guide to embedding quotations in analytical writing that will help students to achieve a more fluent, academic style

What users say "A really useful PowerPoint encouraging students to focus in on key quotations."


6. Perfect paraphrasing

What is it? A clear and attractive PowerPoint guide to constructing quotation-based paragraphs for exams or essays

What users say "Good resource that can be amended for use with a range of students."


7. Fine-tune formatting

What is it? A presentation for explaining to students how to format quotations

What users say "Superb resource for ensuring students get the basics right."


8. In the frame

What is it? A handy worksheet full of framing devices to use when embedding quotations in analytical writing

What users say "A great resource that assists students in a skill they will go on to use extensively at university."


9. Revealing rhymes

What is it? A template for analysing quotations from verse that can be adapted for use with any poem

What users say "A very useful practical exercise for beginners and those revising."


10. Inside the quote

What is it? A fantastic activity for exploring quotes in detail. It is based on Romeo and Juliet, but the format can easily be adapted for other sources

What users say "Not just useful for Shakespeare - I have applied also this to loads of other texts, too."


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