LESSON SIX: Give credit to sources
In this lesson students learn the importance of giving credit to the correct source for words, information, and images. The author and illustrator of several texts is explored and students practice locating and giving ownership.
IL1D Give credit, through discussion, for other’s ideas, images and information
§ Sources of Literature
o One copy of A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla or text of your choice
o Prior to the lesson, students draw a nature picture and write a caption under the picture. They should not sign this piece.
o As many grade level appropriate non-fiction texts, magazines, posters and pamphlets, on topics of nature, i.e., birds, butterflies, bugs, plants as possible. Select texts that contain lots of illustrations.
o Transparency of “Author/Illustrator” handout
§ Handouts provided
o Who Owns What
o Nature Detectives know how to
§ Words to know
Students partner to tell who owns the words and the images of provided texts and demonstrate their ability using a non-fiction text of their choosing.
1. Show students a book you own. Tell students you own the book, but there is something interesting all detectives know about books. Detectives should know who owns the words and pictures in books. Showing the overhead, tell students you own the book but you don’t own the words or pictures (images). Distribute the Who Owns What handout.
2. Holding up the student drawings, identify the author/illustrators.
3. Model how to find the author/illustrator of non-fiction texts, showing where this information is located. Information about these people is often on the book jacket.
4. Read and model the strategy “giving credit” with the touchstone text A Plant is a Tree by Robert Bulla.
5. Pair students and number them One and Two. One’s choose a text from the class non-fiction collection. They give it to the Two’s to locate the author/illustrator for that text. The One’s find an interesting passage in the text which they read to their partner and tell whose idea it was to write those words or who owns them. The Two’s then find an interesting illustration in the text and tell their partner who gets credit for the art.
6. Students exchange texts and complete the “Author/Illustrator” and “Nature Detectives know how to” handouts that accompany this lesson.
Assess individual ability to identify author/illustrator and to give credit by using the “Author/Illustrator” and “Nature Detectives know how to” handouts. Student ability to recognize and practice honestly and integrity in academic work is assessed.