Plagiarism School is a “traffic school” style course to be used as a meaningful consequence for students who are caught committing plagiarism. Many schools give students who plagiarize detention or zeros on assignments without a meaningful consequence that teaches students WHY plagiarism is wrong and HOW to avoid it. Plagiarism School contains five PowerPoint presentations and each one runs for about 15 - 20 minutes. After each section, students take an Exit Quiz of eight multiple choice questions and two short writing prompts based on the information they learned from that section. In total, each section should take approximately 30 minutes to complete which makes it a wonderful addition to a lunch detention or supervised time after school. Plagiarism School has five sessions that define and explore the negative implications of plagiarism before giving students the tools they need to succeed without plagiarizing.
In a classroom or office, explain that the student will watch a 15- to 20-minute slide presentation on which he or she may takes notes. Each slide takes approximately 30 seconds before an arrow with “CONTINUE” appears. Once that arrow appears, the student may click on it to advance the slide. This will continue until the end of the slide presentation. (*Be sure the PowerPoint is on “kiosk” mode in “Set Up Slide Show” so they cannot advance until the time is up.**Note: For my students I enable the “No ESCape” add-in when a student begins a session. This will not allow the student to press the ESC key and exit out until it runs its course. This add-in will not transfer between presentations.)
After the slideshow has run its course, distribute the Exit Quiz for that section. There are answers provided for the 8 multiple choice questions, but the short answer responses are up to you to grade. Determine a “passing” grade and if the student passes, then he or she may move on to the next section. If not, they can watch the slideshow and try the Exit Quiz again. Once all the slideshows have been watched and Exit Quizzes passed, you may print a Certificate of Achievement to sign and date with the student’s name on it. This may be used however you’d like; administrators may send a copy to an instructor, teachers may send it to parents, etc. to prove that the consequence has been delivered and completed.