This is a quick, attention-grabbing activity to start a conversation with your students about plagiarism. I have taken song lyrics from Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars but renamed them as poems written by myself. You can edit it to say they were written by you.
I start the activity by excitedly telling the class I've been working on some poems I'd like to share with them. I display the poems on the board and emotionally read each one. Students applaud, not realizing I just stole someone else's words.
I tell students that I took someone else's work, but put my name on it. We discuss how dishonest that is, and how you can't take pride in your work if you're stealing someone else's. We discuss the real-world consequences of plagiarism from elementary to college, to the professional level.
Use this activity to talk to students about what plagiarism is, what it looks like, and how to avoid it when writing and researching topics. This could also lead into a lesson on MLA or APA citations, or how to create a bibliography.