Never just drop the quote into the paragraph – always work it in seamlessly.
Brian was exposed to the elements and he “knew he had to do something. He couldn’t just sit at the bottom of the tree and stare down at the lake for four days” so he did what survivors do; he built a shelter (p.43). He searched a ridge line for a small hollow and found one. Later, after a painful encounter with a porcupine that filled him with “new waves of self-pity” that made him cry “until he was cried out”, he improved the shelter with “heavier logs and fastened several of them across the opening, wedging them at the top and burying the bottoms in the sand” (p.65, 107). It took three days to complete, again showing tenacity and determination, the key elements of survivors.
NOW: Practise this technique by writing a paragraph with quotes – draw on the issue your thesis is arguing.