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Teaching about plagiarism (2B)

Grade 11
Duration: 5-6 periods
BYOD & headphones (Laptops will be provided to students who are unable to bring their own.)
Sources and procedures, with instructions, will be posted on the class blog.
Format focused on: MLA


1.  I can understand the concept of plagiarism.
2.  I can identify when information is plagiarized.
3.  I can use resources for an assignment, and cite properly.
4.  I can cite in-text, as well as create a “Works Cited” page.

5.  I can create a informational poster using digital sources.


Preparation at home:
Students are asked to watch the video PLAGIARISM (Shmoop).


Classroom activities:

Lesson 1: What is plagiarism
Duration: 70 minutes

15 minutes:
Students watch and participate in the editorial You quote it; you note it on their own devices. They will use headphones.

45 – 55 minutes:
In groups of four, they will discuss and summarize the information they remember from the video.  Google Docs will be used for this purpose. They will be urged to keep notes on the sources used.  They could refer again to the tutorial at any time.

Lesson 2: What are the consequences of plagiarism?
Duration 70 minutes

Role play – 10 minutes:  Students are divided into groups of two.
Scenario: The student / child has been caught plagiarizing while writing an essay. The adult will have a conversation with the student, and will make a decision on the consequences the student/child will have to face. The student has to state his/her case.  The moral issue should come under discussion as well.
Teacher : student
Parent : child
Lecturer at university : student

While this activity has a fun element, students are given opportunity to think of possible consequences they will face should this happen. Students will be urged to take their discussions seriously. They are given 10 minutes to have this conversation.

Sharing – 20 minutes:   Then, 3 groups will be given the opportunity to act out their conversation in front of the class, representing each scenario.  A quick discussion will follow.

Reading and summary – 40 minutes:
In groups, students will read the policies on dishonesty that major universities have instituted.
Aim: students will read the policy of the university they plan to attend. (Others will be divided into the groups that are smallest.)
A summary of the disciplinary measures will be added to Google Docs. They will be urged to keep notes on the sources used.

Links to websites:

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism – Trinity Western University

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – University of British Columbia
Disciplinary Measures – UBC

Academic honesty and plagiarism guide – Simon Fraser University
Principles and Procedures for Student Discipline – SFU

Plagiarism and Cheating Policy – Kwantlen Polytechnic University


Home reading:
Students are asked to read the article and forum discussion.

The Washington Post: CNN fires news editor Marie-Louise Gumuchian for plagiarism

Suspended student for plagiarism


Lesson 3-5: Writing and citing
Duration: possible 140 minutes

1. A discussion will ensue on the home reading. Students will be questioned as to the severity of the disciplinary measures taken.

2. Students will access the following website, and read how to do an in-text citing, as well as how to put together a “Works Cited” page:

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab – MLA Formatting and Style

Additional source (for visual learners, and those who find OWL too complicated):

MLA In-Text Citations (HS Language Arts)
MLA Works Cited page (HS Language Arts)


Classwork and homework:

Watch the following videos on how to create a poster, and come to school with a draft of your poster.  Posters will be designed in class.


Design a poster like a pro – tips and tricks for posters (Using PowerPoint)
How to create a poster with Microsoft Word: Microsoft Office Software



Students  will combine what they have read, with the information on the Google Docs, to create a poster.  They will use either option 1, 2 or 3:


What is plagiarism?
Different types of plagiarism
Disciplinary measures taken by universities – point form


Brief explanation of how to do the different in-text citations


Brief explanation of how to cite: books, blogs, websites, and YouTube videos on a “Works Cited” page.


PowerPoint or Word on Windows 10 will be used, but those students who are proficient in other programs will be given the freedom to use those.



Posters will be assessed via rubric for:

Headline (Catchy)
Accuracy of content
Citations provided for sources used
Mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation)
Visual appeal, clarity, visibility of information


Students’ posters will be displayed in all the classrooms in the school (with the teachers’ permission, of course) and in the library.

Students’ skills will be tested when they write a compare / contrast essay in the following unit – Hamlet.



Drake 4505.  (2010, February). Suspended student for plagiarism – Help!! [Online forum comment]. Message posted to http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-admissions/870653-suspended-student-for-plagiarism-help.html

Eastern, Trevor.  (2013, February 28). Make Poster – Powerpoint 2010 – Design a Poster like a Pro -Tips and tricks for Posters [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyxUAynlhOc

eHowTech. (2013, April 8).  How to create a poster with Microsoft Word: Microsoft Office Software

HS Language Arts.  (2014, March 24).  MLA In-text Citations.  [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTaUHS1mnvw

HS Language Arts.  (2014, March 24).  MLA Works Cited Page.  [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vo8_Jw71JI

KPU. (n.d.) Plagiarism and Cheating Policy.  Retrieved from http://www.kpu.ca/sites/default/files/Policies/ST2%20Plagiarism%20and%20Cheating%20Policy.pdf

Russell, Tony, et al. “MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2 Aug. 2016.

SFU.  (n.d.) Academic Integrity: Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Guide.  Retrieved from http://help.library.ubc.ca/planning-your-research/academic-integrity-plagiarism/

SFU.  (n.d.) Policies and Procedures: Principles and Procedures for Student Discipline.  Retrieved from http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-02.html

Shmoop. (2013, July 1).  Plagiarism. [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJipA52LOms

Trinity Western University.  (n.d.) Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.  Retrieved from http://www.twu.ca/student-handbook/university-policies/academic-dishonesty-and-plagiarism

UBC.  (n.d.) Discipline for Academic Misconduct.  Retrieved from http://help.library.ubc.ca/planning-your-research/academic-integrity-plagiarism/

UBC Library. (n.d.)  Academic Integrity and Plagiarism.  Retrieved from http://help.library.ubc.ca/planning-your-research/academic-integrity-plagiarism/

Vaughan Memorial Library. You quote it, you note it!  Retrieved from http://library.acadiau.ca/sites/default/files/library/tutorials/plagiarism/

Wemple, Eric.  (2014, May 16).  CNN fires news editor Marie-Louise Gumuchian for plagiarism (updated).  The Washington Post.  Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/05/16/cnn-fires-news-editor-marie-louise-gumuchian-for-plagiarism/?utm_term=.003b2d5cd16b




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