Plagiarism Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism DIGITAL and PRINT

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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This plagiarism and citing sources lesson has students read an informational text article in addition to examples of students’ writing. Students will attempt to identify instances of plagiarism in the samples provided. They will also use excerpts from the article to write their own short samples that correctly and effectively paraphrase/summarize the information as well as cite the source. This lesson is designed to help students learn how to cite sources correctly so that they can use outside information while staying true to their own writing!

This Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Resource includes a DIGITAL and PRINT version. Additionally, many of the activities are editable!



  • Instructions for Use
  • Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due Handout
    • Some forms of plagiarism are obvious, but the topic of plagiarism is actually pretty complex. Often, students plagiarize unintentionally because they don’t know the rules. This handout includes guidelines to help. Includes an editable version.
  • MLA Help Citing Sources in a Text Handout
    • This handout helps students understand why you should use in-text citations and how to use them! Includes examples for students to see in-text citations in action. Includes an editable version.
  • Works Cited Handout
    • This part of the lesson provides students with an example of a proper Works Cited as well as providing guidelines for the layout and format for citation entries. Includes an editable version.
  • "Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory" Original Article
    • This is the article students will read and use as the original text they will be working with for this lesson. They will be working with this article as they practice citations.
  • Can You Identify Plagiarism? Activity
    • In this activity students are provided with examples from an essay and using the original article provided, students will identify whether each example contains plagiarism or not. They will also explain their reasoning. Includes an editable version.
  • Practice with a Source Examples and Advice
    • Students are given a short sample of the original text and will write their own examples by either summarizing, paraphrasing, or using direct quotes. Includes an editable version.
  • Plagiarism Assessment Rubric
    • An easy-to-use rubric to assess students on their ability to properly cite sources and avoid plagiarism. Includes an editable version.


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Total Pages
24 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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