Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Citing Sources, and supports the standard of following a standardized format for citation. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a citation, like this one from the movie (timestamp: 4:14):

Ask students:

  • What information does this citation provide?
  • Why do you think it’s necessary to cite sources that you use for research?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Citing Sources topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the four Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about citing sources while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial explaining how to cite a page in a book for a bibliography. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying examples of MLA citations for different types of resources, such as books, online articles, movies, or podcasts. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme representing different reasons it is important to cite sources. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Citing Sources Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Citing Sources Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of research and writing strategies with these topics: Plagiarism, Online Sources, and Research

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