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Authorship and Popular Plagiarism

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 02:21:02

Time Estimate

40 minutes


Objectives

To have students gain a larger understanding of the context of authorship, plagiarism, and intellectual property. 


Materials

Authorship and Popular Plagiarism handouts


Procedures
  1. Split the class into two groups and then distribute article one to one group and handout two to the other.  Give students a chance to read their articles:"Plagiarism: Everybody into the Pool" and "Threats and Responses: Intelligence Assessments." (10-15 min.)

  2. After students have read the articles, ask each group to briefly summarize the article and explain the main points to the other half of class.  This may involve choosing particular students to articulate each article. (5-10 min.)

  3. Discuss the content of the article with students. (15 min.)  You can certainly include any details or concerns students have, but there are some discussion questions to build upon:

    • What were some of the consequences for plagiarizing? 
    • Do the consequences change in different contexts?
    • How many people do you think plagiarize often? 
    • What are some of the motivations for doing so?
    • Are there situations where activities considered “plagiarism” is acceptable?  Explain.
    • Why do you think people are so concerned about plagiarism issues?  

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