Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on  Citing Sources topic page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What is a bibliography? Why do you think it’s important to include one in a research paper?
  • Why do you think it’s important to cite sources you use in a research project?

During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode :41: What are examples of sources? What are some sources you used in the last research project you worked on?
  • Timecode 1:31: Why is plagiarism wrong?
  • Timecode 4:54 How do footnotes and endnotes differ from a bibliography?


  • If you had to explain to someone else what it means to cite a source, how would you describe it?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments