Grade 5

Properly Citing Sources

Digital Citizen
student looking at computer screen with notepad and pen next to it.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Overview‚Äč

Students write an essay expressing their opinion, wherein they choose an influential person and explain why this person should be included within a list of most influential people of all time. Students are asked to include information obtained from at least three credible sources. In order to ensure that students are respecting the rights of others, they will use an online tool for generating citations to cite sources within a bibliography.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to properly cite sources using an online citation generator.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Citation: A citation is a quotation from or reference to a source of information.

  2. Sources: Sources are documents, videos, or any place from which information came.

  3. Bibliography: A bibliography is a list of sources used to provide information, within a given piece of writing.

  4. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own ideas. (not giving the creator formal credit when using his/her work)

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher will familiarize him/herself with an online tool for generating citations. (e.g. EasyBib, Cite This For Me, Citation Machine, BibMe)
  • Please See 21 Things 4 Teachers - Thing # 9 Be Legal & Fair.
  • Here is a Screencast showcasing how to use EasyBib.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students will be assigned a report or presentation 
  2. Students will do research to find content for their project. 
  3. Students will keep track of all online resources used to obtain information for their project. 
  4. Students will use an online citation tool to create individual citations.
  5. Students will compile all citations within a bibliography.

Possible Extensions: Students may explore various styles of citations.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Teachers will assess the bibliography to ensure that all sources used are included and that the format of all citations remains consistent.

MITECS COMPETENCIES & ISTE STANDARDS

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Digital Citizen
2c. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Cite this For Me
EasyBib

Websites:
BibMe
Cite This For Me
Citation Machine
EasyBib

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

Integrated Arts

As students find and use images, information, and/or videos encourage them to always cite their sources.

Math

Students when doing research on mathematicians and/or formulas cite all sources. 

Science

As students conduct research, encourage them to create a bibliography of any and all resources used.

Social Studies

As students conduct research, encourage them to create a bibliography of any and all resources used.

Credits
This task card was created by Jean Smith, Van Buren Public Schools, January 2018.