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Lesson 4: How do I summarize research and avoid plagiarism?

teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.9 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/9
teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/8

Lesson 4: How do I summarize research and avoid plagiarism?

This lesson explains how to take notes and avoid plagiarism in the research process.  It describes how to evaluate sources for bias.  It references items and research topics from the 12-grade cornerstone project, When should people fight for change? This lesson also assumes students are practiced in reading informational text and writing a concise summary.

Prepare in Advance:

Ensure that technology is in place for individual research. Students should have access to their research sources (books, articles, websites, etc.). Both the teacher and students will also need a DCPL library card number to login to databases.

If a student does not have a library card, he/she can apply here.

DC Content Power Standards:

  • 12.DC.10.2: Describe disturbances resulting from racial tensions.
  • 12.DC.10.3: Explain how African American leaders resisted discrimination.

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D2.His.1.9-12: Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts. 
  • D2.His.14.9-12: Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects in the past.