This comprehensive activity guide introduces high school students to the concept of academic integrity. It includes a Do Now prompt, a customizable prompt about the consequences of plagiarism at your own school, and numerous scenarios about plagiarism that students can investigate either independently or in groups. Afterwards, students learn how to read and interpret citations, how to create citations, and how to cite evidence in written work. This lesson usually takes two class periods to complete when no extension activities are done.
Please note that answer key is not included because many of the scenarios presented are subjective. This activity guide is an excellent springboard for classroom discussion. If more time can be allotted to the completion of this project, I suggest the following extension activities:
- allowing students to debate whether each scenario is truly plagiarism
- asking students to cite your current course materials in a piece of writing
- having students discuss whether plagiarism is unethical
- asking students to compare plagiarism to using someone else's music or other media (e.g. if a rapper steals someone else's beats without giving credit, is this ethical?).
The file is a .docx file, so you can edit it to meet the specific needs of your students.
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