Ch 12: 7th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials

About This Chapter

This language arts chapter teaches 7th graders about the types of source materials and how to use them correctly. Students can use the lessons' self-assessment quizzes and the chapter exam to gauge their comprehension of the covered topics.

Using Source Materials - Chapter Summary

Students in the 7th grade needing further study on source materials can turn to the short, entertaining video lessons included in this chapter. Instructors cover a wide variety of topics, including how to use reference materials, cite sources, format citations and avoid plagiarism in their writing projects. Designed to complement what 7th graders learn in language arts class, these lessons include transcripts and quizzes to aid the studying process. Students can also use their scores on the chapter exam to see which topics they need to focus on more intensely.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
What is a Dictionary? - Definition, Use & HistoryStudents learn about the history and uses of English dictionaries.
What is a Thesaurus? - Definition, Use & HistoryIn this lesson, students learn the purpose of a thesaurus and how to use it effectively.
How to Use Reference Material in Your WritingThe instructor provides a step-by-step guide to finding and using reference materials for writing projects.
What is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?Students learn about the types of bibliographies and how to create them.
How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite SourcesThis lesson teaches students what plagiarism is and how to avoid it through source citations.
How to Read Citations in Texts and BibliographiesStudents learn how to read in-text citations and identify the components of bibliographic citations.
Journal Article CitationsThe instructor teaches students how to create APA-style citations for journal sources.
Citations from MagazinesWith this lesson, students learn how to cite magazine sources in both APA and MLA styles.
How to Cite Online SourcesStudents find out how to create APA and MLA citations for the online sources they use.
How to Make In-Text CitationsIn this lesson, students learn in-text citation methods for sources.
What is MLA Format?The instructor covers how to format papers and cite sources according to MLA standards.
How to Make a Works Cited Page Students learn the purpose of a works cited page and how to format one.

12 Lessons in Chapter 12: 7th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials
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What is a Dictionary? - Definition, Use & History

1. What is a Dictionary? - Definition, Use & History

A dictionary is essential for finding word meanings, and it has other helpful uses as well. In this lesson, we will explore the history of the dictionary and find out how to use one effectively.

What is a Thesaurus? - Definition, Use & History

2. What is a Thesaurus? - Definition, Use & History

In this lesson, we'll learn what a thesaurus is and how to use one. We'll also study a bit about the history of the thesaurus and the various types of thesauri available.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

3. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

4. What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

In this video we are going to cover what a bibliography is, why they are used, various types of bibliographies, how to create a bibliography, and when to know if you should use a bibliography.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

5. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

6. How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

This video will enable you to crack the code behind reading in-text citations and bibliographies. We'll see what citations look like and the important information they contain.

Journal Article Citations

7. Journal Article Citations

One of the most common citations used in academic writing is that of journal articles. In this video, we will learn all about putting journal article citations into our text and works cited pages. The citations in this video are in APA style; before you sit down to make a works cited page, make sure to check what style your discipline requires.

Citations from Magazines

8. Citations from Magazines

This video covers citing magazines both in text and in the reference page. The lesson addresses citation formats in both APA and MLA. It's important to note the differences, since both expect specific citation styles.

How to Cite Online Sources

9. How to Cite Online Sources

A large majority of research today is done online, so you'll need to cite web pages for your papers. In this video we will learn the proper way of citing online sources in both APA and MLA styles.

How to Make In-Text Citations

10. How to Make In-Text Citations

With this lesson, you'll get to know the basics of creating in-text citations. We'll go over both MLA and APA style parenthetical citations and how to use them to cite different types of sources.

What is MLA Format?

11. What is MLA Format?

MLA format is one of the most common structures for organizing a paper in academic writing. In this video, we will cover the basics of MLA format, focusing on citing within the text and creating a Works Cited page.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

12. How to Make a Works Cited Page

You will have to cite your sources properly whenever you borrow words or ideas for a paper. One part of proper citation is the Works Cited page. This lesson shows you how to put one together.

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