Lesson Plan

You Don't Have To Be A Rocket Scientist To Cite Your Sources

Using digital tools to help you Create Citations easily
Colleen G.
Media specialist/librarian
Cheektowaga Central High School (Cheektowaga, NY)
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to create citations easily and independently in multiple formats for their research.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 2 - 12
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1 Hook

1.Integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing.  NoodleTools grabs students' attention and captures their interest because they don't like to have to spend the extra time and effort to cite their research resources. They want tools that make the entire daunting task easy! If it is difficult to use, students will not use it.

2. NoodleTools makes a connection with prior knowledge because this skill is being taught at a younger age now because of the numerous digital tools available to make the skill of citing resources easier than ever before.

3. NoodleTools motivates students to want to learn more because there are different levels of mastery within NoodleTools to use and build upon as students gain knowledge.  There are educational videos and resources available within NoodleTools to use for learning how to cite different resources.

2 Direct Instruction

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1.  New concepts are introduced and presented in a novel way with short easy to follow videos on citing sources by the type of resource student is using.

2.  Concepts and processes are clearly outlined and modeled in several ways.  NoodleTools includes an overview of how to use their Website to cite sources, and use notecards and outlines (Powerpoint presentation).  It has webinars, downloads and tutorials for users to learn how to cite sources, share projects (student to teacher), notecards and outlining, collaboration (student to student), Google Docs, and projects (general)

3.  Noodletools provides concrete examples of the desired outcome by giving student an easy to create accurate formatted citation to be used in research product

3 Guided Practice

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1.It does not provide opportunities to practice, with scaffolding from easy to more difficult.  There is a starter, junior and advanced level of mastery in NoodleTools.

2. NoodleTools checks for understanding by giving the user the opportnity to get help from an expert.

3.  There is opportunity for students to question and get clarification by expert personal support by clicking on submit ticket, and typing a specific question they may have while creating citations, or notecards and outline.



4 Independent Practice

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1.  I did not see opportunites for individualized practice included in NoodleTools, but individualized practice could easily be made up by teacher or student, or practice can be gained just by using this resource for all projects.

2.  Students can display mastery of citations in several different formats easily by learning where to find the information needed to make citations from numerous resources, filling in the blanks, and submittng the information by a push of a green button.  Comprehensive coverage of the latest editions of the MLA Handbook, APA Publication Manual, and Turabian's A Manual for Writers is embedded in the Website.

3. Noodletools provides a form of assessment through the use of diagnostic, summative, and/or authentic/performance.  Statistics and graphs provide simple, visual analysis of the composition of a source list

5 Wrap-Up

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NoodleTools can be used to cement lesson objectives while furthering student learning.  Citations are necessary to be an ethical user of information.  Regardless of the end project, citations should be a part of the process.  Homework assignments using NoodleTools is a great way to have students independently get practice using this valuable digital tool.   Evaluating Wikipedia, Trust-or Not?, and Infomational Literacy are extension activites included in NoodlTools.  NoodleTools includes differentiated learning using intelligent software.