Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Show the SchoolTube video Plagiarism: Don't Do It! After viewing, students should complete a Collins Type II writing: "Write a definition of plagiarism and list a minimum of four ways to avoid it."
Watch the video, taking notes throughout. Be prepared to define plagiarism and be able to discuss ways to avoid it.
2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION
This direct instruction/lecture piece introduces students to the online resource The Owl at Purdue. Take students through the material on the website step by step, emphasizing the most common types of resources that they will be using for their research.
As I go through the website, you should take notes and ask questions.
3 GUIDED PRACTICE
In this step, the teacher models how to create an appropriate, correct MLA citation for the Works Cited page AND parenthetically reference the material used.
Watch, listen, get clarification if needed
4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
Distribute note cards (one per student) with a random topic printed on the back (unlined side) of each one.
Instruct students that they must find information about the topic from two source: one online and one print.
Under the topic on the unlined side, they must have at least one bullet point or quote about the topic from each source, including page number where relevant.
On the lined side, students will create an appropriate, acccurate Works Cited entry for each source.
Look at the topic printed on the back of your note card. You must find ONE print source and ONE online source about your topic.
Under the topic, write at least one quote or paraphrase from each source, adding page numbers if appropriate
On the LINED side, create the two citations as they would appear on your Works Cited page.
5 WRAP UP
Using the document camera, randomly display completed citation cards and get class feedback on their accuracy.
As I display a card on the document camera, think about what you know about Works Cited entries. Turn and talk to your partner about the accuracy/correctness of the entry.