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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


National Council of Teachers of English







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  • The OWL at Purdue: Avoiding Plagiarism

    This site gives information on properly citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.† The web source also outlines when citing sources is not necessary.

  • Landmarks Citation Machine

    Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use in an easy manner.

  • Why We Cite Sources in Academic Papers

    This brief handout from the Writing Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University outlines plagiarism and the three major reasons why citations are needed in academic writing.

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  1. Choose a fiction text or texts that students will read or have read.† Have students complete the text if they have not previously read it.† Students will be using this text to find support for claims/citations within the text.
  2. Look over and become familiar with the Citation Hunt Example Printout.
  3. Record 10 assertions about the textís character, plot, or theme, on the Citation Hunt Printout (see the sample for ideas).† Make the appropriate amount of copies of the handout for each student.

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