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Concerns about how to protect intellectual property rights have grown along with the advancements in technology. This richly detailed two-day activity 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.
Young scholars pretend to devise an Internet based game that is copied and distributed by someone else. With a partner, they role play situations in which their work is copied, and discuss legal and illegal copyright situations. Using Internet sources they research Fair Use and Public Domain.
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.
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 be introduced to the Modern Language Association (MLA) format for citing resources. The resource cites many standards. You may have trouble meeting all of them with the instructional activity.
Seventh graders participate in digital citizenship case studies involving intellectual property and copyright issues such as plagiarism, software installation, Web content and trademarks. They discuss ethical and unethical decisions about the case studies in the context of their homes and schools.
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. Information is also included on related issues like reusing a research paper and copyright infringement.
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.
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 explore intellectual property, public domain, and plagiarism, they also explore how media resources can, and should, be cited. The lesson includes two distinct activities, video links, and addresses Common Core standards.
Are you a non-ELA teacher looking to incorporate literacy skills and assignments into your curriculum? This lesson plan and its included worksheets are a great starting point for showing you how it's done. Although the lesson was originally intended to be used as part of a larger unit on genetics, the overall sequencing of the lesson as well as the rubrics, t-chart, writing and editing worksheets could all be used for a writing assignment on any topic. The lesson is very general, meaning you would have to supplement it in order to use is as intended (writing a persuasive essay on the pros and cons of cloning) but that is also what makes it a great resource to be adapted for your own specific purpose.
Let the synthesizing begin as your learners trace and explore thematic ideas through informational and literary texts that concern Ramses II and the fall of Saddam Hussein. Learners begin by examining an encyclopedia article concerning Ramses and progress to “Ozymandias” by Shelly, and an article from National Geographic of the same topic but of a different tone. Readers compare the three texts and finalize the persona of Ramses. They also develop a theme from the three texts. Learners connect the themes through a photograph of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in a Bagdad city square. From that, they analyze hubris of the leaders. Everyone in the class is challenged with argument and synthesis essays.
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.
Long reports are daunting and they feel impossible to adolescents. Relieve their tension with the thorough and well-organized material in this presentation. The PowerPoint breaks down the major steps of creating a long report, and provides good advice on citations. Some educators might find that there is too much information to present, so do not be afraid to pare down the material to the bare bones.
Before the instructional activity 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.
Before you begin this lesson plan, note that it revolves around learners reading and finishing personal novels. If that's what your class is preparing to do, this is a great way to get creative and technological with literature analysis. Readers learn about theme and mood concepts in novels, and then choose a novel to read. Then, they create book trailers using the online program Animoto (linked), convincing classmates to read the novel. Use this as an opportunity to review copyright policies as students include visuals and sound in their trailers. There are no worksheets, so you may want to create a guideline. Also, it would make a good independent reading response project to present to the class.
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues in the information age, through research and an informal debate of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Students also write a reflection paper on the DMCA based on their personal beliefs and information gleaned from their research.