Comprehending, Responding

How to avoid QUOTE-DUMPING

One of the skills you need to have by the time you reach Year 12 is the ability to WEAVE evidence into your sentences and paragraphs to support your arguments or assertions.

Some students struggle to do this, especially when using quotations, and often just “dump” them in as a standalone sentence with speech marks around it.  Hence, quote-dumping.

Actually, there is a really EASY way around it.  Just use these 3 little words – IN THE TEXT

  • In the text it says “we will never surrender.”
  • In the text, the narrator says that “the clocks were striking thirteen” and that “bombs were falling daily”.
  • In the text, Offred says “I am a container.”
  • In the text, Professor Skywalker tells us that “On the 2011 census 64,390 Australians put "Jedi" down as their religion, compared to 58,053 on the 2006 census.”
  • In the text, Janet Offenbosch states that “nearly 30kg of plastic was found inside the belly of a juvenile sperm whale washed in Spain last month.”

Bish, bash, bosh.  Easy peasy!  And might even help you with some of your other subjects too!  🙂

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