If you’ve ever wanted to gouge your eyes out while trying to teach students how to properly integrate citations into their work, then this is the kit for you!
Without question, “quoting material” is probably the most exhausting and frustrating concept to teach in the entire ELA landscape. Yet, it’s essential that students use textual evidence properly—and it’s essential that teachers stand their ground make sure that students master this material.
This kit is designed to help the teacher who wants to be “more” but just isn’t sure “how” to push forward when students refuse to pay attention to detail. After seeing everything that’s included, you’ll probably say to yourself, “Wow. This is the best $50 I could ever spend.”
I absolutely recommend pairing this package with the Research Essay Kit (also available for purchase—and also an utter game-changer). If you obtain both, I’m convinced that teaching any type of paper can become a joy instead of a burden.
With that in mind, here’s what’s included in this package:
-Integrating Citations – The Bare Basics (.doc). This is a very simple document that explains direct v. indirect citations, discusses three different types of lead-ins, and a host of other materials. (This can be a student’s salvation.)
-Citing Material PPTs and Guided Notes (two .ppt files and one .doc files). Another way of presenting the information is to use guided notes. (My students always “earned” this after refusing to pay attention and use their resources the first time, haha.) You have the “presentation” powerpoint and student guided notes template based on that presentation. (You also have the powerpoint with all the missing words…because it’s easier to format and translate into Word in case you want to make any changes.)
-Parenthetical Practice 1 (.doc). This is a practice document that gives students a bunch of fake literary works and quotes. Students have to create proper citations for each work.
-Works Cited and Parentheticals – Target Practice (PDF). This exercise is AWESOME. I uploaded a bunch of excerpts from student essays that have quoting errors. I labeled where the errors occur, and students are to figure out what the problems are and how to correct them. (This makes for GREAT station work.)
-MLA Style Guide (PDF). This is a simple MLA style guide. Not much more to say.
-Citation Test (.doc). This is a 30-question, multiple-choice test regarding MLA formatting and quote integration. (I required students to answer 28 of 30 correctly. If they failed to reach benchmark, they were to re-take…and re-take the test…or earn a zero. Obviously, you can create whatever policy you’d like!) (There's no key included for this. I didn't want to upload the scantron.)