Social Studies Department

Sentence Stems to Analyze Quotes

Sentence Stems to Analyze Quotes

After you use a quote and explain its meaning, you must also analyze it.  This means you must  

explain why it is important, and how it connects to your claim.

Analysis/Reasoning

This reveals…

This shows…

This demonstrates…

This means…

The words ___x__ in the passage mean…

This illustrates/highlights/exemplifies…

One can see from this…

This is interesting/fascinating

Author

The author reveals/shows/presents/emphasizes/suggests…

The author wants the reader to understand…

The author’s use of _____x____ is revealing because…

The author’s purpose of _____x_____ is achieved in this quote when…

The author writes this to show…

The author’s point/idea is…

The essence of the author’s argument is…

Source used:

file:///C:/Users/aleades/Downloads/commentary_starters.pdf