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Key Quotations

Finding quotations which reveal the themes of the story.

Lesson length: 1 session

Lesson from The White Fox series

Required reading: Whole book

Text potential

  • Literary features: Author's intentions
  • Theme: Belonging
  • Theme: Environment
  • Theme: Loss

Strategies used

  • Discussion and Dialogue
  • Comprehension: Summarising


Choosing a key quotation can be a way to demonstrate an understanding of the story themes. This activity supports the close reading of a text, making links between the story and themes. 


  • Copies of The White Fox, at last one between two
  • Strips of paper or sticky notes


Organise the class into five groups. Allocate each group a section of The White Fox to work on:

Group 1 – Chapter 1-2

Group 2 – Chapter 3-4

Group 3 – Chapter 5-6

Group 4 – Chapter 7-8

Group 5 – Chapter 9-11

Re-read the chapters allocated. The children can read with a partner if preferred. They should choose 3-5 quotes that they find particularly interesting. Copy the quotations onto strips of paper or sticky notes. When completed, share quotations with the rest of the group explaining why you found them interesting. 

Ask each group to select three quotes that they feel represent this part of the story best.

Re-organise the groups by numbering each child in the group. All the number ones should form a new group taking their quotations with them. Each member of the group will read their quotations aloud. 

  • Does this give you a sense of what the story is about?
  • Are there any ways of organising the quotations into groups. For example, quotes about the fox? 

Final reflection

  • Were there any words or phrases that you noticed appearing more than once?
  • Do the quotations help you to map the events of the story? 

Key vocabulary

quotation, quote


Sam Keeley

Formerly a teacher and local authority advisory teacher, Sam now works with Just Imagine as an English consultant and manager of the year 6 Reading Gladiators programme.

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