We followed up last week's "Quote, Summarize, or Paraphrase" lesson with a quick look at citations. Grade 7 is the year to introduce in-text citations, so we make it as easy as possible!
Using google's new "Add-on" feature at the top of all docs, we add the EasyBib citation-maker directly into our documents. In the sidebar, we type our book's ISBN number and then paste in a URL for a website*. EasyBib finds the resource, formats it according to MLA, APA, o r Chicago, and then inserts it into the document.
* We used Sweet Search's "biography" page for a website.
You should have heard the "oohs" and "aahs" when
the "Works Cited" section was added: formatted (yes, reverse indented!) and alphabetized...with one click!
Now we're ready to do our in-text citations.
In MLA, we take the first item in the entry which might be the author's last name, but could also be the title of an article.
We pop that into some parenthesis at the end of our quotation and paraphrase from last week, and BAM! Works Cited page and in-text citations are done!
The key with this lesson is breathless, fast-paced, excitement...ham it up...they'll look at you like you're crazy but it helps!