Technique - Hatful Of Quotes

A technique for introducing provocative ideas from an outside source.

Before Class

  • Select five or six passages from a text.
  • Transfer them to small slips of paper, with each quote appearing on at least two slips of paper.

In Class

  • Put the quotes in a hat (or other suitable container).
  • Ask students to draw a slip from the hat.
  • Give them several minutes to think about the quote they drew.
  • Ask everyone to read his or her quote aloud and comment on it to the group.