Eng. 301A / Buckowski / The Quote Sandwich

Eng. 301A / Buckowski / The Quote Sandwich

The Quote Sandwich Part I

(The idea for the Quote Sandwich is from the book They Say, I Say.)

The Quote Sandwich empowers you to talk about and enter a written discourse (discussion or debate) in a professional and polished manner. In most essays, quotes are an essential part of supporting the writer’s ideas and giving them gravitas.

The focus of a college-level paper/discussion should be honed and narrow. The riches are found in the grey areas, not in sweeping generalities. As writers, this is your mission—to find a topic that is both enticing to you and very specific. As we prepare for your first class essay, think about our readings. Your mission is to search for the gold that resides there, find the inspiration in those grey areas, and discover quotes that will support your ideas. (Although quotes are not required for Essay #1, they will be an integral part of later essays.)

How will you enter the conversation?

How to quote with integrity

  1. Introduce the quote: Tell us who the author is and offer information about her/his background. This often requires research beyond the articles and books being used for your paper.

Examples:

  1. Amy S. Choi is a journalist and frequent contributor to TED.IDEAS. In her article, “What Americans Can Learn from Other Food Cultures,” she states that “Eating, exchanging food, taking photos of food, uploading photos of food . . . this is all a way that food brings people together in an urban setting.”
  2. According to Amy S. Choi, a journalist and frequent contributor to TED.IDEAS, “Eating, exchanging food, taking photos of food, uploading photos of food . . . this is all a way that food brings people together in an urban setting.”

Below are key words and phrases that help introduce quotes and writer responses.

The author/writer:

 

notes         states        discusses     comments     observes     reports

demonstrates        acknowledges     suggests     confirms     argues     believes

contends     endorses     refutes    asserts     proposes that     concludes that

illustrates     finds     warns     shows     claims     predicts    speculates

 

  1. Choose quoted material wisely. Make sure quotes support your thesis and the project of your essay.
  1. Explain what the quote means in your own words.

Example:

Choi emphasizes that contemporary, urban food culture is not only sharing a meal or food items in person, it’s also a social media experience.

  1. Now tie the quote in with your discussion/thesis.

Examples:

  1. Choi understands contemporary food culture. People share pictures and videos of food they prepare, and items they eat at restaurants. It is a way to participate in each other’s lives, events, and cultures.
  2. But Choi is missing the point of the shared meal. In-person socialization builds communities and elevates culture—not photos on Instagram.
  3. Now put it all together.

Examples:

  1. According to Amy Choi, a journalist and frequent contributor to TED.IDEAS, “Eating, exchanging food, taking photos of food, uploading photos of food . . . this is all a way that food brings people together in an urban setting.” Choi emphasizes that contemporary, urban food culture is not only sharing a meal or food items in person, it’s also a social media experience. Choi understands contemporary food culture. People share pictures and videos of food they prepare, and items they eat at restaurants. It is a way to participate in each other’s lives, events, and cultures.
  2. Amy S. Choi is a journalist and frequent contributor to TED.IDEAS. In her article, “What Americans Can Learn from Other Food Cultures,” she states that “Eating, exchanging food, taking photos of food, uploading photos of food . . . this is all a way that food brings people together in an urban setting.” Choi emphasizes that contemporary, urban food culture is not only sharing a meal or food items in person, it’s also a social media experience. But Choi is missing the point of the shared meal. In-person socialization builds communities and elevates culture—not photos on Instagram.