May times, in Middle School, I have found that students do not understand how the parenthetical documentation within their paper and the works cited page work together - even after I tell them over and over again. Using laminated maps (copy of map included) and dry erase markers, along with the example and lesson (also included) students actively engage in the activity and make connections. This lesson gives students a hands on activity which enables them to see and experience the necessity of both items in order to properly give credit. Prior to taking notes, I teach this lesson so that they understand how important it is that they locate and document all bibliographic information. If they don’t write the information down now, odds are that they won’t realize it until they are well into their rough draft or beginning their final copy before someone points out the fact that it is missing. Going back and relocating the information will be extremely time consuming and the student will feel completely defeated at this point. In the past, I have noticed kids begin glazed over during this lesson because they are ready to begin and are tired of listening to me talk. In essence they do not see the importance of this task until they feel like they are on the final stretch of their paper. Using this lesson kept the kids interested, allowed them to truly understand the relationship between parenthetical citations and the works cited information, as fully prepared them for successful note taking.