Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship - Avoid Plagiarism

How to Gather Information on the Internet without "Cutting & Pasting" the work of others
Erick W.
Classroom teacher
Garnet Valley Middle School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to understand that on the internet, written prose is the property of the author.

Students will be able to understand that it is morally unethical to cut and paste information verbatim from a website (without the author's expressed consent).

English Language Arts
Grades 6
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Student Notes

1 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Teacher reads examples of student projects that contain plagiarism. Teacher discusses these 3 reasons for students to avoid the shortcut of plagiarizing someone else's work.

1) You will get a zero (0) on the project. 

2) It is obvious to the teacher when information is plagiarized. Teachers know your writing style and will be able to discern that you did a "cut & paste" from the internet.

3) It is not hard to put information in your own words. 

Student Instructions

Students will be given a short paragraph from a reputable internet site (with the source cited on the page) about a composer's life. Students will read the passage on their own and write down the main idea of the paragraph in one short phrase. For example: "Mozart's father taught him the piano and violin." By shortening a paragraph to a phrase, you've now put someone else's information into your own words.