Sophomores learn about citations


History teacher Michael Stafford reads a document about proper citations to the class. The goal of this activity was to further explain academic integrity.

Paige Retajczyk, Reporter

History teacher Michael Stafford took time out of class today to explain how to use footnotes and how to cite sources correctly for an upcoming project.

Students learned how to put sources into Chicago style and how to properly use footnotes when using outside information.

“I think it’s important to give credit to people’s hard work,” sophomore Mia Sassi said. “It will be useful in college and it is also a valuable life lesson to give people credit.”

Students will research and write a resume from the perspective of an Enlightenment thinker of their choice using the skills they have learned to cite sources.

“As part of our education at Convent & Stuart Hall, it’s important to teach our students about academic integrity and rules that exist around citation,” history teacher Michael Stafford said. “It’s really important that all of my students understand the proper ways of doing footnotes and bibliographies.”

After writing their Enlightenment thinker resume, students will have a debate about power in the church or the state.

“I think that this project is really important to help us learn about footnotes as well as the different Enlightenment thinkers,” sophomore Amelia Abernethy said. “I think it will be a fun project and I’m excited to start working.”

The project was designed to connect the United States into world history as a whole, according to Stafford.

“We’re making a connection between what was happening in the British colonies and their subsequent revolution to the questioning of power and state,” Stafford said. “The Enlightenment was an important world history movement along with the American Revolution.”