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Comparing Policies

Summary:

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.

Contributors:Cristyn Elder, Ehren Pflugfelder, Elizabeth Angeli
Last Edited: 2010-11-18 02:26:08

Time Estimate

30 minutes

Objectives

To have students understand the differences between what their school recommends and what other critics suggest

Materials

Howard, Rebecca Moore. "Plagiarisms, Authorships, and the Academic Death Penalty." College English 57.7 (Nov. 1995): 708-36. Print.

Your own institution’s plagiarism policy


Procedures
  1. In groups of two, students will read their institution’s official plagiarism and academic dishonesty policy and takes notes on the article, focusing on definitions of plagiarism

  2. Students then compare this policy to the policy Rebecca Moore Howard provides in her article "Plagiarisms, Authorships, and the Academic Death Penalty"

  3. The pairs of students will then move into groups of 4 (2 pairs of 2) and discuss the main differences between the two policies 

  4. The instructor will lead class discussion on the differences and students’ opinions of their institution’s policy


Homework

Students can develop a short policy statement for the course—work that would lead into the lesson plan on creating a course plagiarism definition.


Computer Lab Option

Instead of discussing the different policies in groups, students can discuss the policies through a discussion board set up before class. If possible, share the university’s policy during class time and have students annotate and comment on the document, discussing their comments and questions during class time.

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