The Quotation Bank You know it’s important to include quotations as evidence in your essay… You know that you should try to include at least one per paragraph… But where do they come from?
Plucked from the sky like a little snowflake? Probably not…
If quotations are like coins… … then you need to put them into a bank, or to extend a little, you need to put them into a series of accounts (or banks, or pots, if you want!) You need to keep these ‘coins’ organised, so you can make them work best for you. It’s very important that you only use the quotes which are RELEVANT to the question and your line of thought.
Savings Accounts You need to set up a few accounts, let’s say, but how could these be named so that you know which one to dip into in a time of need? Here are some suggestions: Character development Relationship between two characters Themes Setting(s) Imagery (closely related to Themes!) Symbols
Learn ‘em! Just as you would keep an eye on your savings accounts, you need to ‘keep an eye’ on your quotes—at first this will take some time, but as time goes on, you’ll find it easier and easier to remember them: Try ‘look and copy’ first, until you remember them perfectly Make a recording of the quotes you have selected, and play them back to yourself Have a ‘quote-off’ duel (with or without wands, your choice)
Do this, not that (because you love being told what to do!)
Off to the bank! Your challenge: In pairs, you will take on one of the ‘accounts’ Using your notes on Macbeth, Dulceet decorum est, Fern Hill, and Childhood, prepare a ‘bank’ of quotations which could be used in an exam essay These will need to be complete by the end of tomorrow’s lesson, so you need to get cracking!
Tips & Further Instructions Divide your page in two: Put a heading at the top, such as ‘Characterisation’ or ‘Character Development’ here:
Last tips: Remember to provide line/page numbers so you can find them again later Quotations should be no longer than TWO LINES of verse or TWELVE WORDS of prose. Short phrases or even single words can be effective Choose only quotations that make complete sense