Lesson: Plagiarism

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to define and give examples of ways to prevent plagiarism.

Lesson Plan

Connection (3-5 mins): Students should be seated on the carpet with a partner.  They will be asked to turn and talk during this lesson with that partner.  Researchers, you have all worked very hard to understand different sources and how we must cite those sources.  This is important to know because if you do not give credit to authors, you would be guilty of plagiarism.  Today, we will learn about plagiarism and ways to prevent this from happening to us.

Teach/Active Engagement (10-12 mins):  Plagiarism is using someone else's writing as your own without proper documentation. Whether the words come from a friend's paper or a school textbook, the author must receive credit in your paper. You must give an author or website credit for information that you didn’t know before you read the book or came to the website.  The ideas are not your own thoughts and you must make sure you recognize where the thoughts came from someone else.  Otherwise, this can be considered copying, cheating, even stealing. 

If you use someone else’s words or ideas in your paper you should write down the name of the website and the name of the person who wrote the article. Teachers sometimes have different rules on how you list sources. Sometimes, you provide a list at the end of a report. Other times, a teacher might want you to list the source immediately after the information you took from that source.

In our class we will be using a graphic organizer to help us cite our sources.  We practice this a few days ago.  Turn and tell your partner why it is important to cite sources.  Students should turn and talk.  Teacher calls on students to share out.  You are all exactly right, it is important to cite sources because they are not your own thoughts or ideas, you learned information from another source.  Later when we begin to edit our papers we will learn how to cite information information using quotation marks.  The important part of the lesson today, if for you to understand what plagiarism is and how we can avoid it.

Teacher reveals a chart with the plagiarism checklist.  Each of you will receive a bookmark with this checklist after the lesson.  This will help you as you begin your research tomorrow to ensure you cite all your sources.  Teacher reads through the checklist with students and discusses the importance of following these guidelines.

An Anti-Plagiarism Checklist (charted for students to read)

_ Did I make a list of all the books, articles, websites, and other sources I used?

_Did I keep track of which information came from which sources?

_ When I used sentences just as they were in the source, did I always put quotation marks around them?

_When I summarized ideas in my own words, did I remember to give credit to the original source?

_Did I ask my teacher if I was unsure of how to list a source or whether to list it?

Workshop Time (12-15 mins):  Teacher plays video from Brain Pop covering plagiarism.  The link is provided in lesson.  Students may watch the video from their seats.  After watching the video students should complete the quiz after the video.  I print this quiz off of the website so students can actually answer the questions on their own.  It is also an option to complete the quiz as a class on a projector or have students record their answers on a piece of paper to be collected at the end of the lesson.

Exit Slip/Share (5-10 mins):  Teacher collects student quizzes.  These will be used to determine which students mastered the skill and those who need more practice.  I also complete the quiz on the projector after the students have turned in their individual quizzes.  This allows students time to explain their thinking and reveal the answers to the entire class.

Reflection: I enjoy the use of technology in this lesson.  Students are always engaged during the video, and the option of an interactive quiz is helpful in motivating students. They will use this lesson later in the unit when the research process begins to begin correctly citing sources within their papers. 

Lesson Resources

Plagiarism Video and Quiz
Anti Plagiarism bookmark  


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