It is important for students to learn how to write a bibliography for several reasons. First, they are (hopefully) using primary sources and the bibliography will help to differentiate these sources from other sources. Second, this visual reference on their display boards is helpful when they are asked to describe their research process by the judges. Lastly, these are research skills that they will need to develop from K-12.
1. Prior to having student complete a bibliography for their Heritage Fair project, teach a separate lesson on how to write one by completing the following steps.
2. Photocopy and distribute the How to Write a Bibliography student handout.
3. Go to the library and have students practice on 5 separate sources, including at least two books, one magazine, one website and one personal interview.
4. Mark their assignment separately from their Heritage Fair project as part of their language arts class. If you are not the language arts teacher, ask the appropriate teacher to incorporate this lesson.
5. Hand out recipe cards and either a paper clip or a Ziploc bag for the students to keep track of their sources. When they are ready to write their final copy they should put their sources in alphabetical order and include them on their final Heritage Fair poster layout.