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What do George Harrison, Vanilla Ice, and Steven Ambrose all have in common? The Warner Brothers’ films Batman Forever and The Devil’s Advocate? All are guilty of plagiarism. And if you are considering a research project and want to impress on your writers the importance of citing sources, then this resource is a must. By introducing the topic with examples from the visual and performing arts, viewers are immediately engaged and sympathetic to the artist’s point of view. The richly detailed packet, containing all the materials needed and links to additional resources, deserves an honored place in your curriculum library.
For the purposes of this video, plagiarism is a criminal offense pursued by the Department of Plagiarism Investigation. Each type of plagiarism is given a catchy name, a creative description, and is demonstrated with a cartoon animation. Although the D.P.I. isn't actually real, the narrator encourages viewers to uphold the ideals of this imaginary department. Extend the lesson with the provided additional materials.
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.
Students explore plagiarism. In this research study skills "plagiarism" lesson, students define and identify examples of plagiarism. Students view a video about plagiarism and complete a corresponding quiz.
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.
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. 
What is plagiarism? Middle schoolers create a class definition of plagiarism and examine the importance of crediting people for their ideas. They review official school policy on plagiarism and study the consequences of presenting the work of others as their own.
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.
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.
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.
Students define the term plagiarism, they recognize plagiarism and are able to explain what constitutes appropriate use of others' words and ideas. Pupils are explained the notion of plagiarism such as: taking another's ideas is taking a very personal possession, and plagiarism is a failure to create your own ideas and diminishes the plagiarizer's intellect.
Student identify three consequences of plagiarism by using the Internet. They discuss copyright laws and learn how to paraphrase. They explain the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing.
A little redundant, this quiz nonetheless drives the point home: don't plagiarize! Nearly all questions are hypothetical scenarios followed by "Is this plagiarism?" Reinforce this notion through a quick quiz online.
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.
Want to keep your learners from plagiarizing? Here is one way to tackle the topic and relate it not only to plagiarizing text, but also to pirating music and video productions. Class members discuss the topic, watch a video about pirating, and examine case studies. The instructional activity combines individual and group work to make learners consider their own actions.
Students examine the reasons why students cheat and plagiarize material. They discuss what could have been done to avoid cheating and copying material. They answer questions to end the lesson.
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 lesson.
Demonstrate the importance of evaluating and citing sources. Pupils can complete the suggested assignment provided here, or one of your choosing, while focusing on checking that the resources are credible and citing those sources properly. The resource also includes a quiz of terms related to research such as plagiarism, bias, citation, and integrate. Find out if your class is on the right track by giving the quiz.
Before the lesson begins, the teacher writes a paragraph about a favorite toy from his/her childhood. The paragraph is read to the class, and each of the sentences are closely looked at for details and support of the topic sentence. Then, students get to write about their own favorite toy and read their paragraph to a partner. The partners try to find words and phrases that they both used to describe their toy which leads to a discussion on plagiarism, or, stealing someone elses ideas and words for a story. 
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. 

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