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Administrator Kick Off. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Seascape Golf Club. Description of Practice. Q.E.R.M.T. How to analyze quotes to support your arguments with evidence (You can  rearrange the order of these elements)

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Administrator kick off

Administrator Kick Off

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seascape Golf Club

Description of practice

Description of Practice

  • Q.E.R.M.T. How to analyze quotes to support your arguments with evidence

  • (You can rearrange the order of these elements)

  • Q: Quotation – choose a quotation from the documents that supports what you are saying – (introduce it properly)

  • E: Explain the quotation – What does the author mean?

  • R: Respond & Reliability – What do you think? Discuss its credibility– primary or secondary – point of view?

  • M: My example – Use facts from other episodes in history, expert opinion, narrative from your life or another person’s

  • T: Tie your example to your thesis and/or the quotation

Links to common core instructional shifts

Links to Common CoreInstructional Shifts

  • CCSS RH.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole

  • CCSS RH.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source…

  • CCSS WHST.1.b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims…

  • CCSS WHST.9. Draw evidence from informational text to support analysis, reflection, and research

Impact on students

Impact on Students

  • Seamless way for them to learn the content: teacher provides current standards based text students have to read as they hunt for quotations to support their arguments

  • Inviting way to begin writing as quotations become anchors

  • Allows greater creativity than other writing scaffolds since students are encouraged to arrange elements to suit

  • Gives teacher an easy tool for teaching primary vs. secondary sources and checking for their understanding

  • Provides an effective scaffold for greater levels of analysis

  • Helps students develop practice using examples in their writing which often come from historical connections

Tips on implementation lessons learned

Tips on Implementation (Lessons Learned)

  • Guide the whole class through an analysis of the documents before they hunt for quotations

  • Provide a mentor text. Build your own so you understand how to use this scaffold – find mine at

  • Allow students to work in small groups to share ideas and get immediate feedback on their work

  • Ask groups to pick their favorite writing to share with the class, and allow the author to determine who reads it

  • Coach while they write – call individual students up to your desk and discuss their work

  • Provide a quick and easy rubric for them to evaluate each other and most importantly to self evaluate

Resources tools for getting started

Resources & Toolsfor getting started

  • Have a look at the Smarter Balanced Rubrics:

  • (QERMT was created by CCWP Co-Director Louann Baker in 2005)

  • QERMT’s for Modern World History and U.S. Government are available in the locker section of my home page:

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Barrett Vitol

Aptos High School

[email protected]

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