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Ch 12: 8th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials

About This Chapter

Students in the 8th grade who need help with using and citing sources in their academic papers can turn to the short video lessons in this chapter. The multiple-choice lesson quizzes and chapter exam allow them to check their comprehension of the covered topics.

8th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials - Chapter Summary

Knowing how to find and use source materials is an essential skill that students will need in language arts, as well as many other, classes throughout their time in school. This chapter provides your 8th grader with explicit and fun video lessons that cover types of reference materials and how to cite them in essays or reports. The instructors discuss how to avoid plagiarism by correctly using MLA or APA citations. Students have multiple ways to obtain and test their knowledge in these topics; they can watch videos, read transcripts, send questions to instructors and take lesson quizzes. A chapter exam is also available to help you and your 8th grader determine how well he or she has grasped the material.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
What is a Dictionary? - Definition, Use & HistoryIn this lesson, students explore the history and uses of the English dictionary.
What is a Thesaurus? - Definition, Use & HistoryStudents learn about the history of the thesaurus and how to use it.
How to Use Reference Material in Your WritingThe instructor offers a step-by-step guide to using reference materials for academic papers.
What is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?This lesson teaches students the types and uses of bibliographies as well as how to create them.
How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite SourcesStudents learn how to avoid plagiarism in their essays by using source citations.
How to Read Citations in Texts and BibliographiesThe instructor teaches students how to understand in-text and bibliographic citations.
Journal Article CitationsStudents learn how to cite journals in the text and in reference pages using APA style.
Citations from MagazinesWith this lesson, students are taught how to cite magazines using APA and MLA styles.
How to Cite Online SourcesThe instructor shows students how to cite online sources according to MLA and APA standards.
How to Make In-Text CitationsStudents learn how to create in-text citations for sources with one or multiple authors.
What is MLA Format?This lesson teaches students how to cite sources and format documents based on MLA requirements.
How to Make a Works Cited PageStudents learn the purpose of works cited pages and how to format them.

12 Lessons in Chapter 12: 8th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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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