Ch 35: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Citing Sources

About This Chapter

This collection of lessons based on citing sources in writing can help your 6th-8th grade students prepare for the English language arts portion of the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment). The engaging video lessons with quick quizzes for instant feedback can be used on their own or as a supplement for your textbook.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Citing Sources - Chapter Summary

Make sure that your students are ready this spring for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts) by using these fun video lessons. Students in grades 6-8 can review the basics of citing books, magazines and online sources, in addition to looking at several different formats for those cites. When they've finished this chapter, they'll feel confident with the following subject matter:

  • Citations for journal articles, books, magazines and online sources
  • Making effective use of reference materials in writing
  • Standards for making in-text citations
  • Chicago style, MLA and APA citation formats

Brief self-paced video lessons are about five minutes long and offer full transcripts, animation, links to other informational lessons, self-assessment quizzes and an optional chapter test. If the assessments reveal that additional review is necessary, students can use the video tags to find desired sections of the lessons with ease.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Citing Sources Chapter Objectives

The summative Smarter Balanced Assessment, normally administered during the last 3 months of the school year, is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Many schools across the U.S. are using the test to measure students' math and language arts gains in grades 3-8 and 11. About 30%-35% of the 6-8 ELA exam assesses students' writing skills, and approximately 17% to 19% of the exam includes topics pertinent to research skills, such as using citations.

A computer-based test, the SBA may include multiple-choice, technology-enhanced and extended-response items, along with specific performance tasks. Some of the sections are computer-adaptive, giving students individualized questions based on their prior answers. Our multiple-choice quizzes and chapter test offer students valuable experience in completing computer-based tests as a rehearsal for the big day.

9 Lessons in Chapter 35: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Citing Sources
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Journal Article Citations

1. 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 Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

2. 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

3. 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.

Online Sources: Definition & Citations

4. Online Sources: Definition & Citations

Find out what online sources are and how to cite them in your research paper or essay. Learn some tips on evaluating online sources. After the lesson, take a quick quiz to test your knowledge.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

5. 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.

How to Make In-Text Citations

6. 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?

7. 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 Format APA Citations

8. How to Format APA Citations

All college students must not only know how to read and understand writing, they need to know how to write using the APA citation style as well. This video will pull back the covers of APA style writing and give you confidence when using APA.

What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

9. What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

In this video, we cover the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style. This writing format is popular among those in the editing field and may be the preferred style of many professors in technical writing, law, and even some English courses.

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