Response to literature assignments help students express their opinions about what they’ve read. Students construct these responses based on their own experiences and what they know about life. Responses help students think critically about literature and nonfiction and explore their own beliefs more deeply. When responding to literature, students are exposed to models of superb writing and thinking. They may respond to the style and technique of the writing they are moved by.
Response to literature can happen in any class and is a great way to bring literacy skills into content area classes. Reponses doesn’t have to be based on long texts; teachers use short texts like articles, blogs, poems, and even quotes. We’ve collected a series of excellent, moving quotes by luminary thinkers and successful business people, musicians, and athletes. These motivational quotes will get students thinking about the path they’re taking in their own lives and what’s possible in the world around them. We recommending starting or ending each class period with five minutes of response writing. Read or project the quote and have students keep a notebook in which they write all of their responses.
Quotes to Inspire Students to Respond
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou
Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington
You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
What type of reading response do you do with your students? Share your favorite inspirational quotes below!