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How to make a quote sandwich
A quote sandwich has 3 main parts
1. Context
2. Quote
3. Analysis
An example of a quote sandwich
 When Davy shoots the goose, Reuben
describes his brother’s expression as, “on his
face is...
1. Context
 Where in the story the quote is from
 Which character said or thought it
 What is happening at that moment
...
2. Quote
 Should not be too long
 Should not merely state a fact
 Must be punctuated correctly
 Must be followed by th...
2.5 Punctuating the quote
 Mrs. Arcaro said, “the quote will start with a
lower case letter if you lead into it” (Arcaro ...
3. Analysis
 Your interpretation
 Explain how it proves your point
 Describe what the quote reveals
Example:
When Davy ...
Quote Sandwich…mmm…delicious!
When Davy shoots the goose,
Reuben describes his brother’s
expression as, “on his face is
no...
Some notes
 This example was a very simple version of a
quote sandwich.
 The context, quote, and analysis can, and
often...
Some notes
 This example was a very simple version of a
quote sandwich.
 The context, quote, and analysis can, and
often...
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Making the "Quote Sandwich"

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A guide at integrating quotations effectively into a paper with MLA sourcing.

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Making the "Quote Sandwich"

  1. 1. How to make a quote sandwich
  2. 2. A quote sandwich has 3 main parts 1. Context 2. Quote 3. Analysis
  3. 3. An example of a quote sandwich  When Davy shoots the goose, Reuben describes his brother’s expression as, “on his face is nothing at all but the knowledge that the goose is his” (Enger 16). This scene, and Reuben’s description of it, foreshadows the scene where, with equal calmness and confidence, Davy shoots and kills Tommy Basca and Israel Finch. Etc.
  4. 4. 1. Context  Where in the story the quote is from  Which character said or thought it  What is happening at that moment Example: When Davy shoots the goose, Reuben describes his brother’s expression as, “on his face is nothing at all but the knowledge that the goose is his” (Enger 16). This scene, and Reuben’s description of it, foreshadows the scene where, with equal calmness and confidence, Davy shoots and kills Tommy Basca and Israel Finch. Etc.
  5. 5. 2. Quote  Should not be too long  Should not merely state a fact  Must be punctuated correctly  Must be followed by the correct citation Example: When Davy shoots the goose, Reuben describes his brother’s expression as, “on his face is nothing at all but the knowledge that the goose is his” (Enger 16). This scene, and Reuben’s description of it, foreshadows the scene where, with equal calmness and confidence, Davy shoots and kills Tommy Basca and Israel Finch. Etc.
  6. 6. 2.5 Punctuating the quote  Mrs. Arcaro said, “the quote will start with a lower case letter if you lead into it” (Arcaro 4).  The author and page number will be in parenthesis after the quote.  The period goes after the parenthesis.
  7. 7. 3. Analysis  Your interpretation  Explain how it proves your point  Describe what the quote reveals Example: When Davy shoots the goose, Reuben describes his brother’s expression as, “on his face is nothing at all but the knowledge that the goose is his” (Enger 16). This scene, and Reuben’s description of it, foreshadows the scene where, with equal calmness and confidence, Davy shoots and kills Tommy Basca and Israel Finch. Etc.
  8. 8. Quote Sandwich…mmm…delicious! When Davy shoots the goose, Reuben describes his brother’s expression as, “on his face is nothing at all but the knowledge that the goose is his” (Enger 16). This scene, and Reuben’s description of it, foreshadows the scene where, with equal calmness and confidence, Davy shoots and kills Tommy Basca and Israel Finch. Etc. Context Quote Analysis
  9. 9. Some notes  This example was a very simple version of a quote sandwich.  The context, quote, and analysis can, and often will be, more than one sentence each.  The main purpose of quoting is to support your analysis.
  10. 10. Some notes  This example was a very simple version of a quote sandwich.  The context, quote, and analysis can, and often will be, more than one sentence each.  The main purpose of quoting is to support your analysis.

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