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This 12-page handout is designed as a self-check activity. After reading two source texts, learners are presented with five samples based on the texts. For each sample, they must decide if the text is plagiarized and, if so, what is wrong and how can it be corrected. The last four pages of the handout are the author’s comments on the texts. These answer sheets could be included if used as a self-check or withheld and replaced by a class discussion.
Why should your class care if they plagiarize information? This extremely detailed presentation will help your class define the term, recognize instances of plagiarism, and use different formats to cite information accurately. Create a listening guide for your class to use as they follow along.
Demonstrate how to cite information from Internet sources without plagiarizing. If your class is working on an Internet research paper, and you have observed learners cutting and pasting directly from the Internet, the activities and methods involved here should help your class understand how to properly cite and paraphrase research. The handout attachments are only available if you register, so you might make your own. A cited article is in the additional materials.
Who really cares if you plagiarize information? Introduce your class to some of the reasons why plagiarism is wrong by showing this PowerPoint. Intentional and unintentional plagiarism are discussed, as well as three strategies to borrow information from others (quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing). Several examples are provided, but note that these slides are text heavy with little visual engagement.
An Online NewsHour article about scholarly ethics launches this study of plagiarism. Since historians are supposed to bring original ideas and perspectives to their publications, they must give credit to the ideas of others. After a discussion of historians such as Ambrose and Goodwin, class members use this perspective to create a self-made guide on plagiarism.
Concerns about how to protect intellectual property rights have grown along with the advancements in technology. This richly detailed two-day lesson examines plagiarism as a violation of intellectual property rights and asks middle and high schoolers to research school rules on the topic from this point of view. After analyzing rules, problems in the application of the rules, and the consequences for rule violations, class member prepare a presentation for invited guests.
Introduce budding scholars to the many types of academic plagiarism. Potential plagiarizers develop a definition of the infringement and determine how it has been committed. The instructor provides the writing examples and resources. Modifications to the lesson can be made for different levels of student understanding.
Middle and high schoolers define plagiarism, discover how it has impacted people throughout history, locate ways individuals plagiarize, and identify ways to avoid plagiarism in their own research. They rewrite a paragraph, describing why the revision is the correct way to cite or paraphrase the paragraph.
Understanding plagiarism is the goal of this worksheet. After reading the two definitions of plagiarism listed on the sheet, class members decide whether the eight listed scenarios constitute plagiarism. Their responses are used to launch a class discussion of this topic.
Plagiarism is a difficult concept for many youngsters to grasp. Help them along by presenting this PowerPoint. Complete with a sample scenario, a formal definition, and multiple examples, this is an effective way to keep your class from committing plagiarism. One or two images do not function and would need to be deleted or replaced.
Play this presentation to help prevent plagiarism. Starting off with a definition, the resource includes a wealth of information about plagiarism as well as multiple examples. It is a long slide show, so you might want to choose your favorite slides to show to the class.
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the instructional activity.
What do you need to cite, and how can you avoid plagiarizing? This presentation is aimed at beginning writers, and it details some of the ways people plagiarize (even accidentally) and what sort of information needs to be cited. The best part of this resource is that for each example of accidental plagiarism presented, there's a slide addressing how to cite that information correctly! Specific formats (APA and MLA) are not introduced here.