Friday, December 14, 2012

Quotations, Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and MLA source formatting

UPDATE 5/13/2015: I APOLOGIZE TO ALL WHO HAVE REQUESTED COPIES OF THE DOCUMENTS FOR THIS POST. I HAVE NOW UPLOADED THE DOCUMENTS FOR YOU TO HAVE FOR YOUR OWN USE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THEM. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PATIENCE!! :) 

THE DOCUMENTS ARE UPLOADED AT THE END OF THE POST.

It's my least favorite time of the curriculum...research. I personally don't mind doing research but trying to teach the process to students is so time-consuming and tedious. But, with the new Common Core focus on argumentative writing, we have got to focus on it more. Plus, it's a skill they will use in all the years of schooling that follow.

I'm all about making the Interactive Notebook pages creative which makes them more likely to be used. I also firmly believe that the more modalities you have students use when learning something, the more likely they are to remember it. So, I've pulled out the colored pencils and markers and encouraged them to have fun designing the pages.

NOTE: Our district has adopted MLA formatting as the standard for all classes. Everything I post on this subject will be in accordance with the latest MLA standards.

I started with a reminder of what is considered FICTION versus NON-FICTION:


I reviewed our school's plagiarism policy to remind them of the consequences here as well as explained the consequences if caught in college/university. I stress this over, and over, and OVER again throughout the year! (The most hateful part of my job involves cheating and/or plagiarism!!)

Then we created a page for using quotations in an essay:



The next day, we discussed paraphrasing: 



and summarizing:



I then showed them the Incredible Shrinking Notes concept of taking a piece of material, taking notes on it in the top box, deleting the lesser important items for the middle box, and then 2-3 MOST IMPORTANT statements in the smallest box. It helps give them a visual of how to pick out the most important information. I also stress using bulleted lists with sentence fragments when taking notes. This helps with making sure they aren't copying information word-for-word which leads to plagiarism.


Then we created a reference page for "MLA Format for Parentetical Documentation." This is hard for them to grasp so having a resource to refer back to always helps.


The following two pages are the basic types of sources they will be using as they research and how to create the Works Cited page. My own daughters, who are in college, still refer to this as a guide for Works Cited pages. I update it as MLA standards change. 



Then, we practiced as a group how to cite an article they had summarized the other day. I had them walk me through the citation but made corrections as needed. Next week, they will create a Works Cited page from a variety of sources I provide. It takes time but it really helps them get the hang of it.

NOTE: THE NOTES ON THE TOP OF EACH NOTEBOOK PAGE ARE ON PAGE 1 OF THE QUOTATIONS, PARAPHRASING, SUMMARIZING PAGE. YOU CAN EITHER PRINT THIS OFF FOR THEM TO GLUE IN TO THEIR INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS OR HAVE THEM WRITE IT. I PREFER TO HAVE THEM WRITE IT BECAUSE THEY'RE USING MORE MODALITIES SO IT GETS INTO THEIR BRAINS BETTER. (AT LEAST I HOPE IT DOES...)

QUOTATIONS, PARAPHRASING, SUMMARIZING

MLA FORMAT FOR PARENTHETICAL DOCUMENTATION

WORKS CITED FORMAT GUIDE


57 comments:

  1. Great post! I love your charts, too. I tried having my students use EasyBib to build their Works Cited page, but they just wouldn't use it. I don't know if they thought it had to be harder than that?

    I'm with you: I hate it when I catch someone plagiarizing! It always seems to be on a test-weighted writing project and our school's policy is to give a grade of 0 when plagiarism can be documented. That can really tank a student's entire grade and truly breaks my heart. I think this generation of students will have the hardest time avoiding plagiarism. Everything is too easily accessible for them and too easy to just cut-and-paste rather than thinking through it themselves.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this post. Your ideas help make this rather complicated skill so much easier for the students.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your ISN! I hope you will be sharing more soon. You've been so helpful. This is all so new, and I've been a little overwhelmed. You make it understandable and manageable.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. I'm going to use them more this year and will post pictures and ideas. :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing! Is there any way I can get a link to these documents? I would love to use these with my students!

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    1. Ashley- send me your email address and I'll send them to you. I haven't figured out how to upload these. Thanks! Michelle

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  4. Awesome! It's ashley.petersen@wsr.k12.ia.us. I appreciate it a ton! :)

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  5. Oh my goodness, I would love to have that document sent to me, too! My email is dweygandt@lcer.org. I teach 5th grade in California. Thank you so much! Dana

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  6. me too! hatkeys@yahoo.com I'm new to middle school this year, teaching 7th and 8th Language arts after 14 years in 3rd grade. I'm having to re-learn all this stuff myself!! thanks, Pam

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  7. I would love copies of these documents. I teach 7th and 8th grade LA and have many resources for them on all these points, but I would love to try new ones, especially the shrinking notes! I love that! leruth55@yahoo.com

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  8. I would love to have a copy of the MLA format for works cited. My email address is penny.toay@wsr.k12.ia.us. Thanks so much.

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  9. I would love copies of these documents, too. My eamil is msasay@tsc.k12.in.us
    Thank you! Thank you!

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  10. Could you send me copies too :) I am new to middle school language arts this year too! I have taught at the 4th-5th grade level for over 20 years. I love how you have the examples of each! Thanks, mrsweisz4@gmail.com

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  11. Could you please send them to me as well? I teach 7th Grade ELA in TX. I think this is a great idea! Thank you!! deanna.elgin@gpisd.org

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  12. Amy Crawford

    I would also love to have copies of these documents!! You did a fantastic job on these! My email is acrawford@tuslawschools.org Thank you so much!!

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  13. This is the biggest problem that students come across in their entire University life and unfortunately there are no such guidance from teachers or staff that can help them in all these problems.

    Paraphrasing Services

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  14. If you are still willing to email these documents, I would love to have a copy! Thanks so much! My email is lsalyer@woodridge.k12.oh.us

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  15. Hi,
    I'm teaming with the 6th grade science teacher for the science fair. As their reading and English teacher, my charge in this project is to help the kids write their research paper for the science fair project. Teaching kids to write research reports is a difficult task, and I would appreciate any help. If are willing to share your documents, I would love to have a copy. Thanks for considering my request. My email is mwittenburg@st-ansgar.k12.is.us

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  16. Sorry,

    I just noticed that my email was wrong in my earlier post/ request. It should be mwittenburg@st-ansgar.k12.ia.us. I guess I have been at it for too many hours today.

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  17. Hello, you have some great stuff here!! If you're still willing to share, could you email me the Works Cited/Paraphrasing information?? I'd love to use it! jmyoung27@gmail.com

    Thanks!!

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  18. That's Interesting :)

    www.paraphrasingmatters.com

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  19. I would love to have this information, if you are still willing to share. My email is nicolewarfield@joplinschools.org

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  20. Just like everyone else...I would LOVE a copy of your work. You have really put a lot of effort into helping your students with research papers. Thank you in advance. My email is gresal@fusd.net

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  21. Ditto to the many replies above...would I be able to have a copy of your work? My email is clinville@gccsk12.org. Thanks!!! Your idea(s) above are incredible! I have been looking for a more succinct and effective way to teach this!!

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  22. Hi I would also love copies of these documents if you are still sharing them. My email is kymestry1@gmail.com I love your blog!! Thanks

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  23. Hello! I would also love to have a copy of your work if you are willing! Thank you so much! My e-mail is Klhernjak@gmail.com.

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  24. Is there any way I could get a copy of your Works Cited Format Guide??? I would love to use those with my 9th and 10th graders!

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    1. Hi Jana-
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  25. I love it! I would also love a copy if you are still sharing to use with 6th-8th graders kurasakat@gmail.com

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    1. Hi!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  26. I love this! If you are still sharing, I would love a copy as well to use in my 7th grade humanities classes. sarah.decker@qvschools.org

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  27. Thanks for sharing! Would you also send this to me jsgooden@aol.com Thanks!

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    1. Hi Janine!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  28. I hope I'm not too late to jump on this band wagon, but I, too, would love a copy of the Works Cited Formats. :)
    Thanks soooo much!

    longpreaustin@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Tyler!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  29. I would love a copy of the teaching documents. Thanks!
    Kmorley7@bruinmail.slcc.edu

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    1. Hi Kristin!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  30. Hi, I don't know if my last post went through, so sorry if this is a duplicate request. Are you still willing/able to share the documents? If so, my email is amylipscomb@bristolk12.org
    Thanks!

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  31. Oh my, I see that you have been inundated with requests for your documents. If you are still sharing, I would love to have them too! My email address is pbarachkov@gmail.com. Thanks for considering!

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    1. Hi!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  32. I, too, would like a copy of your documents! Could you please send them to ccofsbr@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Nikki!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  33. Hi! Thank you for this incredibly helpful post! Would you mind sending me the documents as well? I would love to use these with my 7th and 8th graders! My email is abbymarie.parks@gmail.com Thanks again!

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    1. Hi Abby!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  34. Can I get these attachments? HeatherLewis@MissouriState.edu

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    1. Hi Heather!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  35. Could I get a copy of your green works cited pages? Thanks! Amy amy.cameron@libertychristian.com

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    1. Hi Amy!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  36. Please send me a copy of these materials--just what my teachers need! Thanks so much.. mccollumv@pcsb.org

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    1. Hi Victoria!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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  38. Hi, I love your blog and think your information is fabulous. Thank you for your generosity in sharing these wonderful ideas. I would love to subscribe to your blog, but I could not figure out a way to do so. I would also love to have copies of your interactive notebooks documents. I have just started using them in my 7th grade English class, but even though I have been teaching forever, I am a novice at this. I would appreciate your response and the documents sent to lhannold@aol.com. Also, are you still writing for this blog? I noticed the entry dates are from 2014.

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    1. Hi Louise!
      I have GREAT intentions for this blog at the beginning of the year. Then...school happens and I get caught up in the day-to-day student stuff. I wish I could figure out a way to get a balance to be able to "do it all!" :)

      In the past while, I have tried to create links for the documents I use in the notebooks. Today, I uploaded the PDF files for this page. I hope that helps. Let me know what other ones you would like and I'll see if I have the files.

      Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

      (I don't know how to "subscribe" to the blog. I'll see if I can figure that out.)

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  40. Hello,
    These are awesome resources that would help my students very much. Are these documents still available for sharing? If so, can you email them to me at mdianemathews@gmail.com?
    Please and thank you!

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    1. Hi Meagan!
      I apologize for not responding sooner. I've updated the page with links to a PDF of each of the documents I use for the notebook pages. Thanks for your support!
      Michelle

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