Next Day Creating a Bibliography: Reorganizing Information

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SWBAT correctly organize information for a bibliography.

Big Idea

Students have collected citation information, now they reformat it to present it as a bibliography.

Introduction and Modeling

10 minutes

This is day two of a bibliography lesson. Students recorded information about the publication and author in the previos day's lesson. Now they take that information and reformat it for creating a blibliography.

I remind students that they are creating a report and reports have a page that show where the writer got their information. However, we can't just take what they've done already and staple it to the back of their report. We have to reformat it in a way that other readers can use it. 

There are many ways that writers can do it but the one I'm showing them today is a modified standard way. Information is seperated by periods and appropriate conventions are used. 

I demonstrate how to do it with an example from the previous days' lesson. I take one piece of information at a time and write it down on the new worksheet. I separate each piece of information with a period. Showing them a few examples from the top of the new worksheet, I address the few variations of how to write the information. For example, Titles are underlines and articles or subtitles have quotation marks. 

After I completed the citation, I review each part, author's last name then first, title, publisher, publisher date, etc.

Main Activity

20 minutes

Students had a chance to try it out before having to create their own bibliography. I showed them another selection of information from the previous lessons. I called on students to talk me through reformatting the information on the new worksheet. 

After we practiced this as a class, students recieved a worksheet to help them reformat their own bibliography. 


5 minutes

To close the lesson, I asked students to share any challenges they had. I address common challenges, such as not having an author or having multiple authors and having a website, page name, and article name to write down. 

Most students won't have to deal with these more specific challenges but it highlights the many different types of resources people have used to write their report.