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Prove It!: A Citation Scavenger Hunt

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Prove It!: A Citation Scavenger Hunt

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time One 50-minute session
Lesson Author

Patrick Striegel

Patrick Striegel

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

“Prove it!” is a common phrase heard from many teachers to their students during the research and writing process. Having little or no support for specific assertions in a research paper can be troublesome.  A citation scavenger hunt is a fun and challenging way for students to practice finding citations that support details about the characters, plot or themes from a text.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

  • Citation Hunt Printout: Use this printable resource to guide students and aid them in recording their citations.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Teaching and practicing the appropriate use of citations in research should be taught early and often during one's academic career.  Dreher et al. explain that "[S]tudents need to learn creative and multifaceted approaches to research and inquiry. The ability to identify good topics, to gather information, and to evaluate, assemble, and interpret findings from among the many general and specialized information sources now available to them is one of the most vital skills that students can acquire" (39).

DeSena, Laura Hennessey.  2007. Preventing Plagiarism: Tips and Techniques. (Chapter 2). Urbana, IL:  NCTE.

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Hobbs, Renee. "Best Practices Help End Copyright Confusion". The Council Chronicle 18.3 (March 2009): 12-27.

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