Who said that?
People frequently use quotes to add credibility to a point being made, particularly if they can attribute the quote to someone who is well-known. In part, this because quotes are easy to remember and people tend to believe something when they think it was said by a trustworthy individual. In truth, quotes are regularly misattributed or just downright wrong.
In this activity, student pairs or trios work to research the origins of eight famous quotes. Some are attributed correctly, while others are not. It’s up to teams to conduct research to figure out which is which.
Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7-6.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1-6.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8-7.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1-7.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7-8.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1-8.4,CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.7
Objective: Given eight quotations, students will identify which are correctly attributed and which are not using on and off-line reference tools.
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