Ch 16: PSSA - ELA Grade 8: Using Source Materials

About This Chapter

This PSSA - ELA Grade 8 test prep chapter will help students correctly use and cite source material within their essays. In addition to the lessons, this chapter includes several resources, including quizzes and printable worksheets.

PSSA - ELA Grade 8: Using Source Materials - Chapter Summary

Because it is often necessary to use source materials when composing an essay, it is essential that students understand how to correctly reference and cite those sources. This PSSA - ELA Grade 8 test prep chapter guides students through the correct procedures for using and citing common reference materials, including dictionaries and thesauruses. Additionally, students will learn how to:

  • Evaluate and use sources and reference material when writing essays
  • Create bibliographies and determine when they are necessary
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Interpret citations
  • Cite journal articles, magazines and online sources
  • Use MLA format
  • Produce a works cited page

After reviewing all of these relevant and useful topics, students can test their comprehension by answering the multiple-choice lesson quiz questions and determining any areas they need to review. The chapter exam more thoroughly covers multiple concepts covered throughout the chapter and will help them assess their exam-readiness. They can use the printable quiz worksheets to study offline or as a reference point while viewing the lessons.

13 Lessons in Chapter 16: PSSA - ELA Grade 8: 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 Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

3. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

4. 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?

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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?

12. 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

13. 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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