- Students will understand the definition of plagiarism with a focus on the use of online resources
- Students will understand and be able to share how and when they can use the works of others
- Students will practice summarizing main idea and details
- Students will practice referencing online works
Grade level: 5-7
Time Span – plan to space the lessons out over a week or so
- Access to the internet on a computer and/or big screen
- Printables (graphic organizers)
Have students watch the YouTube video on plagiarism
Use the vocabulary development graphic organizer to define the word plagiarism – know that information can be added to this visual organizer as the student’s understanding of the concept grows through the week
Class discussion about cheating and using someone else’s work as your own (A-B partners: brainstorm as many reasons why cheating and deception is wrong)
- Develop a list of scenarios where a student might be caught cheating in some capacity and invite students to work in groups of 2 or 3 to role play the consequences (go beyond copying work i.e. into cheating in sport to win, stealing money, etc.)
- Focus on the underlying values of honesty and trust that are broken and the damage this does to the self and relationships with others
View Urban Legends Quiz.
Talk about critical thinking when viewing information and images on-line. Discuss all the potential places where plagiarism could occur (i.e. books, newspapers, magazines, etc)
Critical thinking also involves picking out the key words and the supporting details and facts to develop your own thoughts and writing. Use a graphic organizer from Education Oasis to practice pulling important information, main idea and details, from online material. Use websites suited to a topic you are studying in preparation for later writing.
Using the amazing, well-planned and scaffolded lesson plan from Common Sense Media explore “How to Cite a Cite” with your class and be blown away by excellent organization, and structure of this lesson plan. Also search the site for other well developed and useful lessons to reinforce plagiarism (i.e. “Whose is it, anyway?”)
Have students continue adding to and adjusting their working definition of plagiarism through the lessons.
Generate with students a hard copy (poster and/or personal copy) of how to properly reference online resources and post in class for future use and practice.
Theodor Richardson “Own Your Education – Plagiarism and Cheating” Online Video Clip, YouTube. Uploaded on Mar 29, 2010. Accessed on November 1, 2016.