Writing Spotlight: Focusing on the Quote (using brackets and ellipses in quotes)


Help your students incorporate the most essential text from quotes in their writing. This writing unit for middle school and high school ELA includes teachable content and student resources to help them improve their ability to write about quotes in essays.

This mini-unit shows students how to correctly alter quotes and evidence in their writing using ellipses and brackets.

This unit includes:

  • a 40 slide, editable PowerPoint presentation for direct instruction and whole-class exercises
  • 7 PDF pages of student resources
  • Answer keys
  • Writing examples

Aiming to improve student writing, each Writing Spotlight unit focuses on one aspect of writing. I recommend that you incorporate these mini-unit spotlights into your instruction one at a time. Each time you assign a new, substantial writing assignment, incorporate a new Spotlight to create strong, confident writers.


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