Joy Kirr is a middle school teacher, author, and speaker. Her 7th grade ELA (English Language Arts) classes are working to improve their lives through student-directed learning - without marks throughout the year. This is a log of their learning experiences... Want to have her speak with your staff or facilitate a workshop? Here is Joy's PORTFOLIO.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Literary Graffiti

Each time I read a book, I am on the lookout for quotes that resonate with me. I LOVE good quotes. Our classroom has a "Literary Graffiti" board, and it warms my heart when students write on it!

When the board is filled, I type them out and put them on the ceiling tiles, and we add even more.

To spur more writing on that chalk board, I created a slide show of my favorite quotes from books I read in 2016. (All of mine - since I started really collecting - are here.) After finishing this slideshow, I decided to create another for our class - for EVERYONE'S quotes - to be added to our class website's life lessons (because really... that's what they are). When you're finished enjoying, please type one or more of your favorites in the comments below! Feel free to pause the show if it's too fast - the next setting was WAY too slow!


  1. I love the Literary Graffiti board! Here are two of my favorite quotes, both are from a favorite book - Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.
    1 - When talking about chocolate, Kek says, "This is what laughing tastes like.”
    2 - “Today, tomorrow, sooner or later, you will meet someone who is lost, just as you yourself have been lost, and as you will be lost again someday. And when that happens, it is your duty to say, 'I've been lost, too.'"

    1. Jancey, those are BEAUTIFUL quotes! Thank you so much for sharing!