Grade 9 Humanities Lesson Plan

Class: Grade 9 Humanities

Task: Introduce students to issue of plagiarism

Learner Outcomes:

  • Determine how information serves a variety of purposes and that the accuracy or relevance may need verification
  • Organize and synthesize researched information
  • Practice responsible and ethical use of information and technology
  • Include and organize references as part of research

Report Card Outcomes:

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of citizenship and identity
  • Skills and processes for inquiry and research

1. Introduction of lesson (10 min)

Introduction  and Explanation

Student Activity:  

Show students various examples of reference book passages and what a student wrote based on the passage.  Students will say if it constitutes plagiarism and explain why or why not.

2.  Activity Sequence (40 min)

Research plagiarism using the following videos and reading.  Students can work in groups of 3 or 4.

Understanding plagiarism (video):

Plagairism and the internet (video):

How the Internet changed plagairism(reading):

Student Activity:

Answer the following questions:

  1. Define what is plagiarism?
  2. Give an example of someone who plagiarized, was found guilty in court and what was the penalty.
  3. How can you can avoid plagiarism?
  4. What constitutes plagiarism?
  5. Is it okay to paraphrase?
  6. How do you avoid plagiarism?
  7. How do you write a bibliography?
  8. How do you use text citations.
  9. How did the Internet change plagiarism?  Give three examples.

3.  Closure (10 min)


Student Activity:

Ask each group one at a time to give an answer to a question.  Have other groups add additional information that their group may have omitted and discuss their groups answer to that particular question.

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