Plagiarism Lesson Plan – Mr. P.



This lesson plan is designed for creating an online lesson about plagiarism and is to be delivered in a DL setting. Students will work individually on this lesson and at their own pace. Ideally, I would use this lesson at the beginning of the year so that when the time comes for students to do projects, they already know about plagiarism. It is not meant to be a lesson that requires a lot of writing but rather a quick activity to cover the topic. Students will cover the information through web sties, online videos and interactive online activities. Assessments will be sent directly to the teacher electronically.

By the end of the lesson, students will:

  1. Know what plagiarism is and it’s different forms.
  2. Be able to spot plagiarism.
  3. Know the consequences of plagiarism.
  4. Be able to find resources on how to properly do citations and avoid plagiarizing.​

Grade Level:

This lesson can be used for learners aged 13 and up. Students need to have access to an email account as well as be able to use YouTube. Both of which require users to be at least 13 years old.


  • Access to a computer and internet connection
  • Email account
  • A link given to the students by their teacher taking them to a lesson connected to their teacher.


As an introduction to plagiarism, have students read the following web page and watch the following video clip. The site gives a good definition of what plagiarism is and the video goes over the different types of plagiarism.


There’s a graphic that comes from the video above that can also be found in a paper at the below web address. From that graphic I will make a online matching quiz using Google forms. This quiz will assess how well they know the 10 types of plagiarism.

  2. Google form still needs to be created.

Then play a tutorial video on plagiarism that can be found below. It does a good job looking at different fictional student situations and reinforces what they have already learned earlier in this lesson.


3 interactive online lessons/tutorials can be played next.

  1.  The first interactive lesson covers: Why it’s essential to start your research early, the difference between paraphrasing and quoting and how to do them both properly & when to cite, what to cite, and how to cite.
  2. The next 2 lessons cover spotting plagiarism. Students will go over original sources and student work and decide if plagiarism has taken place. There are references to how to properly cite sources in these lessons as well.

Review the consequences. Many of them came up during the lesson video and some come from the University of Mississippi Library site.

    1. Failure of assignment.
    2. Redo assignment.
    3. Extra work.
    4. Grade reduction
    5. Failure in the course.
    6. Academic Probation.
    7. Suspension or Expulsion from School.
    8. It can destroy your reputation.
    9. Can also destroy your professional and academic reputation.
    10. Legal Repercussions.
    11. Monetary Repercussions.

Carry out the final assessment that comes from TED-Ed. 

Note to Teachers: In order to use the assessment piece at the end of the lesson, you will need to set up a teacher TED account so you can track the TED-Ed lesson with your students. Once you have an account you will be able to access the TED-Ed lesson to create your own class. While logged in to TED, search for “The punishable perils of plagiarism”. Click on the lesson an then the orange Customize This Lesson button to the right of the video. Then click on the Publish button and your lesson will be created and a link will be given to you that you can share with your students that they can use when they get to the end of the lesson. You will be able to track their activity as well as manage discussions and feedback.

Note to Students: When they get to the end of the lesson they will need to answer a few questions and send them to their teacher. To do this they will need to create a student TED account. Use the above registration page link. When they get to this part of the lesson make sure the students use the link that the teacher created and gave to them.



​Acadia University. (2008). Vaughan Memorial Library : Tutorials : Plagiarism. Retrieved from

Huseman D’Annunzio, M. (2013, June 14). The punishable perils of plagiarism – Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio [Video file]. Retrieved from

Huseman D’Annunzio, M. (n.d.). The punishable perils of plagiarism – Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio | TED-Ed. Retrieved from

iParadigms. (2014). What is Plagiarism? — – Best Practices for Ensuring Originality in Written Work. Retrieved from

iParadigms. (2012). WHITE PAPER The Plagiarism Spectrum. Retrieved from

​Turnitin. (2015). 6 Consequences of Plagiarism. Retrieved from

The University of Southern Mississippi. (n.d.). What is Plagiarism?. Retrieved from

University of Mississippi Libraries. (2015, August 20). Plagiarism Tutorial [Video file]. Retrieved from

WriteCheckVideos. (2012, November 16). 10 Types of Plagiarism [Video file]. Retrieved from

2 Comments on Plagiarism Lesson Plan

  1. lkondos says:

    I like this lesson, Mr. P. With your permission, I want to use some of your links as well.

    Thanks for the links to the TED-Ed lesson.

  2. aprohoroff says:

    Go right ahead. Don’t you just love the free things you can find on the internet.

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