Lesson Plan

Plagiarism PSA

Discuss the concept of Plagiarism; and how to avoid plagiarism in their own work. Students will put into action the information they have learned.
Cara B.
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RCS MIddle School
Ravena, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
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Students will be able to create a short PSA to teach classmates about plagiarism.

English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

When students are ready to learn, show the video. Next, ask students if it is ok to borrow something without asking or to steal/take something that doesn't belong to you?

Student Instructions

Start discussion with questions.

2 Direct Instruction

Plagiarism is defined as – “the act of presenting words, images, ideas, sounds, or something creative of others as your own." Introduce the concept of plagiarism, how students can avoid plagiarism in their own work.

Student Instructions

Have students discuss plagiarism with questions (ie. can someone steal ideas or does it have to be something tangible – something that can be touched? How might you feel if I took credit for one of your projects and made a profit from it? )

3 Guided Practice

Show the video and explain what characteristics make up a good PSA.

Student Instructions

Discuss with the students what characteristics make a successful PSA, and what this PSA should include. This PSA should include what is plagiarism; one way to avoid; consequences; and why wouldn’t want to cite source. Video segments cropped and organized in logical order. One still photograph in PSA. Different transitions used between scenes. Contains title and credits. Scenes shot from different angles; uses close up and distance shots used. Audio from recorded video, pre-recorded sounds, music used in PSA.

4 Independent Practice

Create a short Public Service Announcement (PSA) of no more than 2 minutes to teach your classmates about plagiarism. Your movie should include the following information • What is plagiarism? • One way students avoid plagiarism? • One consequence of plagiarism. • Why students wouldn’t want to cite sources.

Student Instructions

Students will use wevideo to create PSA

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Presenting

Presenting student projects during class.

Student Instructions

Presenting student projects. Students will present projects to their classmates. In addition, these projects will be shared with a larger audience by being posted on the teacher's or library's website.