These resources provide lesson plans and handouts for teachers interested in teaching students how to understand plagiarism. The lesson plans in this section include activities that help students define plagiarism, assess their attitude toward plagiarism, and create a class plagiarism policy. The resources with titles that include "Handout" provide handouts that are free to print for your students by using the print option in your web browser. The "Handout" resources correspond with the resource listed above it.
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Last Edited: 2013-06-07 09:23:25
This 50-minute activity explores plagiarism by asking students to read articles on plagiarism incidents and discuss them. Students perform group work to inform each other about the incidents while recognizing the many contextual concerns regarding what defines plagiarism.
This 50-minute activity asks students to read and respond to a blog post about purchasing essays from an online essay-writing service. Discussion questions focus on the line between writing process and ethics.
This 40-minute activity asks students to read one of two articles that discuss why plagiarism is an important issue. Discussion can focus on why people see plagiarism as a problem and why some incidents of plagiarism are potentially harmful if used as a substitute for original research.
This 30-minute activity asks students to read a short article from the NCTE Chronicle on the differences between plagiarism and copyright violation and then read and respond to several different scenarios about plagiarism and copyright.
This 35-minute activity asks students to read and discuss different collaborative composition scenarios and decide for themselves whether or not the actions depicted are “acceptable.” Instructors foster discussion on what kind of repercussions should arise from the situations described, if any.
This 30-minute activity explores the different definitions of the terms that are often used in larger definitions of plagiarism. Students engage with the multiple meanings of the terms and focus on the contextual nature of plagiarism definitions.
This 40-minute activity asks students to define plagiarism and then explores some of the many permutations of common definitions. The instructor then engages students on the various forms of plagiarism and asks them to consider a course plagiarism policy.
This 30-minute activity asks groups of two students to compare their own school’s plagiarism policy with that suggested by Rebecca Moore Howard. Discussion of the two policies and how each defines plagiarism follows.