This is an introductory lesson on citing sources meant for elementary students. It is a simplified version of the MLA style not the exact MLA style.
Please do not ding this for accuracy : )
The How To Cite Sources contains:
• Lesson Plan
I ended up creating a simplified version of the MLA format for citing sources for 2nd & 3rd grade students. I picked out the key steps for citing sources and tried to keep them consistent when using different sources. I decided to use periods as a way to break up the citation in smaller chunks. When citing sources I have the kids underline the titles instead of italicizing since most kids at my school do not have access to computers in the classroom. Most of our reports are handwritten.
How to Cite Sources includes a PowerPoint with an accompanying lesson plan, worksheets and posters of the PowerPoint that can be put on a bulletin board. The lesson covers copyright, plagiarism, citations and sources. The lesson shows how to cite from a book, ebook, magazines, online magazines, print encyclopedias, online encyclopedias and CD-ROM encyclopedias.
There are 3 sets of How to Cite Sources bookmarks for the kids to choose from. Each set covers how to cite the five sources. The bookmarks come 5 to a page. They are about 7.5” x 2”. You can print them back to back using the “Flip Pages on the Short Edge” setting and I would recommend using cardstock. You can also print them one sided.
You could laminate and hole punch the How to Cite Sources bookmarks and use a brad or ring to hold them together if you like.
I wrote a blog post about this resource called How To Cite Sources
Aligned with Common Core standards:
W.4.8 (Students are not required to cite sources until 4th grade.)
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide of sources.
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