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This is a lesson focused on teaching students the differences between quoting and paraphrasing, how to incorporate sources into their writing, and how to cite their sources correctly and accurately. It was originally designed for high school students but can easily be used for middle school as well.
In this lesson, I begin with defining "quote" and "paraphrase," as well as how to decide which to use when incorporating a source (quote when you want to keep the exact wording because it's awesome, and paraphrase when you can say it better!). I also focus on the importance of "bookending" a source by introducing it with the author and title as well as ending with an in-text citation page number. This section of the lesson includes one example in which the borrowed information is unclear and three examples in which it is clear in a variety of ways.
This lesson also includes two practices, each with a fictional book title or web page name, an author, and a piece of information. Have students come up with a way to correctly incorporate that source into a work either individually, in groups, or on the board!
It would also be fun to change the practice examples to information relevant to your classroom, such as your name and school.
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