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Ch 9: Research to Build & Present Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7-8

About This Chapter

Strengthen your 7th graders' research skills with the help of this chapter. Find out how to use our video lessons to meet Common Core standards on researching and presenting knowledge. Get ideas for bringing our engaging lessons into your classroom as well.

Standard: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7)

Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.8)

About This Chapter

Middle schoolers who grasp the concepts in these standards are able to use a variety of sources to research questions, organize their findings and craft their answers in a well-written essay or report with citations. This chapter's lessons prepare your students to do the following:

  • Read and create bibliographies
  • Comprehend and avoid plagiarism in their work
  • Understand how to read and make in-text citations
  • Write citations for books, magazines and online sources
  • Ascertain the credibility and reliability of sources
  • Make a works cited page

Once your students thoroughly comprehend the standards, they will be able to locate and pull factual information from credible print and online sources in response to questions. In addition, you'll know the students understand the discussed material when they are able to use research findings to bolster their writing.

They should be able to paraphrase facts from sources and make accurate citations both in the text of their reports and in a bibliography. Students need to master research, writing and presenting skills to succeed in courses throughout their education and in many careers.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

When making your teaching plans for these ELA Common Core standards, consider the following ideas using our video lessons.

Practice Interpreting Citations

As a class, watch the video lessons on how to read citations and how to cite books, magazines and online sources. Provide students with examples of citations for different kinds of sources, and have them interpret the parts of each entry. As an alternative, you may consider providing them with example source information (titles, authors, publishing dates, etc.) and have the students write accurate citations.

Find Reliable Online Sources

For homework, assign your students the reliable research video lesson. Discuss the video the next day in class and have them complete the multiple-choice lesson quiz. Break the class up into groups and provide each one with questions on a particular topic. Provide each group with a list of both reliable and unreliable online sources that contain information related to the given topics.

With access to computers, the students will then use the list of sources to find answers; their task is to not only research the questions but also determine which of the provided sources are credible. Go over the groups' findings as a class.

Explore a Writer's Life

After the class has studied all the video lessons and taken the corresponding quizzes, assign your 7th graders the task of researching and writing a short report on a writer you've covered in your language arts course. Provide them with a list of biographical questions to research at the library using digital and print sources. Their finished product should include correct in-text citations and a bibliography.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: Research to Build & Present Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7-8
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What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

4. Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

Depending on the type of book we're using, there are a few rules we have to follow when citing it in our reference page. In this video, we're going to cover authored books, edited books, and revised books. However, there are many different types of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago, and some differ in their exact formatting rules. These citations are in APA style - make sure you check to find out what style you should be using before you complete your reference page.

Citations from Magazines

5. 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

6. 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.

Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

7. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!

How to Make In-Text Citations

8. 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.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

9. 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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