Digital Citizenship - Avoid Plagiarism
1 Direct Instruction
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.
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.