Citing Sources

Where’d you get that from? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will teach you how to finish reports and papers by citing your sources! You’ll learn what a bibliography is, where it comes in your report, and how to get started writing it. Find out how to cite four different kinds of sources and see what to do when the sources get complicated - like when a book is written by more than one author. You’ll also learn about some of the more unusual sources you might encounter. You'll also learn how to cite a BrainPOP movie! Don’t forget to give credit where credit is due!

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In this multi-day lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to learn about citing sources and how to define plagiarism, copyright, and fair use. Students will explain how to paraphrase and quote sources and why these skills are needed. They will also distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to cite sources. Finally, students will apply their knowledge about these topics to a content-specific research project that utilizes a bibliography, endnotes, and/or footnotes. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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