Monday, February 15, 2016

Eight Great Quotes

I love inspirational quotes! A few carefully placed words have the power to impact thoughts and change lives. Recently, my fourth grade students began writing their own words of wisdom to post in a class collection called, Wonderful Words. If you enjoy these quotes, you will find details about the process and a link to free templates at the end of this post. Here are some of my favorite student written quotations. Enjoy!









 The perfect follow up to Wonder the award winning book by Patricia Palacio, is 365 Days of Wonder (Mr Bowne’s Book of Precepts also written by Palcio. This gem has a precept for each day of the year. The quote, or precepts contained within are words from the ages. The quotations range from Seneca, Archimedes, Shakespeare, and Dickens, to Lewis, Dahl, Taylor Swift, and everything in between! Some of words of wisdom are even written by students.

Each day, my fourth graders meet in our “Focus Area”, and we read the quotation of the day. Students think about the words and then practice paraphrasing the quote with their partner. Recently, we’ve added an elaboration step using these stems:

•This means...
•This shows that...
•This relates to...
•This quote is important because...
•This quote shows...
•Based on these words, I can infer...

Last week I asked my students if they would like to write their own words of wisdom for a class collection. The response was overwhelmingly positive and everyone began crafting their words. As students shared their sage thoughts, spontaneous applause confirmed their efforts. The edited and revised student quotations are now a part of the class collection called, Wonderful Words.


So, as you can see, I love inspirational quotes, especially the wonderful words of students.



  1. I LOVE collecting quotes... I actually have a few journals where I've been writing down my favorites since I was in high school. These are great ideas... thanks for sharing them, Shelley. :)

  2. These are great! I love the way that you have students really interact with the text and think deeply in a meaningful way.

  3. Fabulous! I enjoy quotes as well! Thank you! :-)