Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing

Plagiarism, copyright, and fair use are the focus of a three-part instructional activity designed to inform scholars of how to properly cite others' work. First, pupils use a KWL chart to begin thinking and discussing plagiarism. They then Think-Pair-Share to discuss fair use before paraphrasing text book passages using their new-found knowledge.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create flipped classroom assignments for parts of the lessons that can be completed on the computer at home, saving class time for the application portions of the lessons
  • Pose discussion questions over a classroom blog for pupils to respond to 
  • Assign a brief research report after conducting the lesson for leaners to further apply new skills
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies are required for paper activities 
  • Schedule time in the library, computer lab, or on mobile learning devices to complete online activities 
  • The lesson is designed to be co-taught with the school library media specialist; however, you can implement it by yourself
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Printouts and presentations are included
  • Designed clearly and in detail for easy implementation 
  • Lists extension activities according to their most appropriate grade level span 
  • Contents of the lesson are aligned to NCTE/IRA as well as the Standards for the the 21st-Century Learner 
  • The link to Ball State University is broken