Embedding Text Evidence Activity

Abhilash Vanam


Embedding text evidence is crucial in the creation of a coherent and insightful short answer response that clearly responds to the prompt in question. Not only does this ensure concision in writing, but it also helps in the formulation of a short answer that maintains a constant style and tone throughout without being choppy. Before you move on to the activities below, be sure to review to subsequent information.

Review of Embedding Text Evidence

Key components for any embedded text evidence include the source from which the quotation is derived the individual who said and a introductory of explanatory phrase (not a complete sentence) that is separated from the quotation with a comma, It is important to remember that the quotes chosen should be relatively short and match your short answer stylistically. Furthermore, one must also remember that the quote embedded should clearly support your thesis/topic sentence. The following are just a few ways in which quotes can be embedded into a short answer successfully

Introduce Quotation with a Colon: These types of quotations are separated from the introductory sentence by a colon. The introductory sentence provides some info about the quote to introduce it and the quotation that follow this starts with a capital letter

  • Bob John argues that there are many good reasons for eating dark chocolate: "Dark chocolate is high in vitamins and minerals, lowers blood pressure, and contains antioxidants

Build in Quotations: These types of quotations are built seamlessly into sentences and aren't set off with commas. These types of quotations usually use the word "that" and the first word of the quotes are not capitalized.

  • Bob John points out in his article about the sun that "only 45% of all Americans know that the sun is a star."

Set-off Quotations: These types of quotations are set apart from the sentence with a comma. The first word of the quote in this type of situation is capitalized.

  • "Rice is the most stolen food in the world," according to Bob John.

To accomplish the successful embedding of quotes into a short answer, the following signal phrases/words can be used

  • Claims
  • Proposes
  • Points out
  • Notes
  • Says
  • Demonstrates
  • Argues
  • States
  • According to
  • Discusses
  • Writes
  • Explains

If you follow the above rules, you will definitely be able to master this subject! Now, onto the activity!

Activity 1: Embedding Quotes into a Sentence

Embed the following quotations using the name John Doe into a sentence using any of the techniques described above. Try to use different signal phrases in each one. Using page 100 in the parenthetical citation for all quotes.

1. "People should exercise for at least 45 minutes every day."

2. "Reading and writing are skills every individuals will require in a workplace."

3. "Many students are leaving schools with theoretical knowledge that they are unable to appropriate for use in the real world. The ability to learn and adapt to any environment is crucial for success in the real world and as of now, students lack these abilities."

4. "The Mars rover was sent in August 2012 with the primary purpose of determining if the planet is suitable for human life."

5. "The Beatles have fundamentally altered the nature of rock and roll by bringing a bold and refreshing dynamism to the genre and a willingness to experiment."

Activity 2: Embedded Quotes into a Short Answer

Read the following article "Two Days with No Phone" and answer the subsequent short answer questions. Make sure to embed the most pertinent evidence you choose into your short answer using the strategies above.



1. What effect does excessive texting have upon a student's relationships?

2. What drives the obsession of teenagers to text incessantly?

3. Should teenagers be limited in their use of technology?

4. What is the effect of "sleep texting" on a teen's success in school?

5. How has the increased prevalence of technology affected societal relationships?

Activity 3: Embedded Quotes into an Essay

Based on what you have read in the article above, write a essay that answers the following question: should teenagers' access to technology be restricted? Make sure to include and introduction, conclusion, and multiple body paragraphs in which evidence and quotes are embedded using the techniques above. Feel free to include information from other resources, but make sure to cite it.