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Lesson: Copyrights and Wrongs
Ensure that your class knows all about giving credit where credit is due. Engage their interest with a brief conversation about creative work and a quick video about responsible use of the work of others. Then, give them some time in...
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
Plagiarism Fair Use Copyright
New ReviewNothing makes junior high and high school teachers more frustrated that plagiarism. Instruct young writers about copyright laws and the correct ways to paragraph information without copying the exact words. A set of secondary-level...
7th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 12 ELA Module 3
New ReviewGun, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond is one of the seminal works of historical nonfiction from the late 20th century. Use the author's claims and supporting evidence to guide your high school seniors through their own research project,...
12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Rights, Remixes, and Respect
It is very easy to access creative work online, and some individuals are not aware of all the rules that accompany using someone else's original work. Show your class the difference between inspiration and using without permission. The...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Debating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues through research and debate. In this investigative lesson plan students get into groups and research the pros and cons of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and present it to the class.
12th English Language Arts
Whose Is It, Anyway?
Launch a discussion about plagiarism, the consequences of plagiarism, and how giving credit is a sign of respect for the work of others. Start out by defining plagiarism and sharing your school's official policy. Class members can then...
3rd - 5th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
Quoting, Citing, and Paraphrasing
Beware! (not only the Ides of March). Warn your researchers of the dangers of plagiarism! After defining the term, viewers are introduced to the consequences of and forms of plagiarism, as well as tips on how to avoid plagiarism....
9th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
The Punishable Perils of Plagiarism
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....
4 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
What's Mine Isn't (Necessarily) Yours
When we use images or ideas from the Internet, we might be infringing on someone's rights. Give your class the opportunity to understand copyright and creator's rights as they evaluate fair and legal use of media found online. As they...
4th - 8th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
Plagiarism: Avoiding Accidental Internet Plagiarism
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...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Grades 9-10 Writing Module, Unit 2: Informative Writing
New ReviewWhat were the effects of the Great Depression on the people who lived through it? As the culmination of an informative writing unit that introduces writers to the "skills, practices, and routines" of informative essays, individuals...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed