FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Research Graphic Organizer: Better than a Notecard”

by Spark Creativity

7th – 10th Grade

Want students to avoid plagiarism when using research in class assignments? The struggle is real, for you and them. But I’ve made you something to help.

Go one up on the traditional notecard by giving students copies of this graphic organizer to keep track of their research and attribute sources easily. A notecard just isn’t much of a guide, but this handout is!

On the page, students have room to write down...

  • Quotations (with page numbers!)
  • Big Ideas (with page numbers!)
  • Takeaways in their own Words
  • Full Citation Information for their Source

By having students use these instead of notecards, and then having them put away all their source materials before writing, you give them the best chance possible of avoiding plagiarism and keeping their research nicely organized.


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