Inspirational quotes are abundant on social media. As we scroll though our lives, they offer wisdom and motivation. Recently, a “quote activity” caught my attention with its ability to create and maintain online conversation. Engaged participants were thinking about, discussing, and interpreting various quotes. It was introduced as follows:
“Post a movie quote that gives away the film without saying the title.”
For example, “To infinity . . . and beyond!” is a quote from the movie Toy Story. “There’s no place like home.” is from The Wizard of Oz. “You’re going to need a bigger boat” is from . . .
Like a great classroom prompt, friends eagerly responded and began challenging each other. They posted movie quotes, debated the quality of the movies, and enlivened the conversation with obscure movie facts.
Their online conversations made me wonder how and why certain movie quotes become memorable. Do only classic movies have memorable quotes? Are some quotes more significant to those of certain generations? Doesn’t everyone agree with Ferris Bueller’s quote, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”?
My friend’s movie post could be adapted for the classroom as a device for a lively literature activity and discussion. Working in groups, students compile and/or ask others for their favorite book quotes. After the quotes have been compiled and shared, each group selects their top ten quotations to share with the other students. Can students name the titles of the books based on the quotes? Extend and enrich the activity by discussing the following:
- Do any of the quotes inspire you to read (or reread) the book? Why?
- Explain what the quote tells us about the character or the situation.
- How do these quotes connect to our own lives?
- Is there a particular quote that resonates with you? Why?
Encourage the students to use their creativity to create a collaborative quote journal/collage, or an inspirational bulletin board. The quote journal/bulletin board can be used for future activities that promote engaging conversation, personal reflection, and a love of literature.
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