Ten Ways to Bring Quotes to Life!

Quotes1If you have read my books or attended any of my workshops, you know I am a true fan of quotes. I consider them as little books, chock-filled with information and possibilities.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Aristotle

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”
Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank, Teen Diarist

Quote2“I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.”
Groucho Marx, Comedian

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
Will Rogers, Author

“When spider webs are woven together they can tie up a lion.”
Ethiopian proverb

To receive a copy of my 50 favorite quotes, send me an email: cathy@cbkassociates.com.

Looking for ideas about what to do with quotes? Here are TEN ways to engage students with quotes.

Idea # 1: Draw the quote
Quote3Make a picture that visually represents the quote. Integrate the words of the quote into the picture or the frame. Consider unique ways to display the finished art piece.

Quote art can be placed in hallways of the school, as designs on environmental tote bags, on thank you cards sent to community members, or, as students did at an alternative high school in Alaska: they made ceiling tile art for hospitals using original quotes.

Idea # 2: Find the Meaning. Discuss with a partner or write a paragraph about what the quote means.. Think about key words.

Idea # 3: Thoughts and Feelings. Do you agree with the quote? Disagree? Could you rewrite the quote to be more in line with your thinking?

Idea # 4: Be creative! Write a song, short story, rap or poem using the quote. Express yourself!

Idea # 5: Who in history? Find out about the person who made this statement (note that sometimes quotes are attributed to several people). What was going on in history that these were the words spoken? Why do they still resonate today?

Idea # 6: And the moral is . . . Write a short story with a conflict between two characters; characters can be people, animals, inanimate objects–your choice. Conclude your story with a life lesson that can be explained with this quote. “And the moral of this story is . . . .”

Idea # 7: Comparative study. Select two quotes and compare. How are the messages alike or different? Consider, for example, “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey, educator, and this one “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller, author.

Idea #8: Putting the quote into practice. How can you live the quote? Take a few days to bring the quote to life. Then share what you did or didn’t do because you were living your selected quote.

Idea #9: What quote will you be remembered by? Write a quote that speaks your mind, your heart, your own words of wisdom. Consider that a teacher sent in a quote written by a fourth grader: Life is like a stick; don’t break it!

Idea #10: Gift a quote to someone. Who would be lifted up by a gift of a quote?

If you would like a copy of my top 50 quotes, Contact Me. Let me know how you will use them and I will send all fifty! So many quotes, so many ways to engage young minds!

Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., CBK Associates

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