After having several cases of plagiarism (or academic dishonesty, the umbrella term my school uses) in my class, mostly with students copying from each other or copying from websites online, I decided to do an entire lesson on plagiarism/academic dishonesty.
I am so glad I did. I have noticed a marked drop in plagiarism/academic dishonesty cases since doing this lesson. The lesson also sparks a lot of valuable, honest, and important discussion between students and teachers on the problems and consequences of plagiarism/academic dishonesty.
This lesson includes:
-A powerpoint that goes over what plagiarism/academic dishonesty is (with definitions on plagiarism, academic dishonesty, and paraphrasing), why students do it, and how it can be avoided. The powerpoint also includes a warm up and exit slip question.
-Guided notes for the powerpoint.
-Case studies of real scenarios of plagiarism and academic dishonesty that have occurred in my class. Students independently decide if they think it is a case of academic dishonesty, and then as a class go over the correct answers. Since I'm a history teacher, most of the scenarios are tailored towards that material and work, but the scenarios could certainly be altered (or more added) to fit your classroom needs. I teach at a high school grade level but I think this lesson could also work for middle school grade levels.
-Reflection questions that review what the students have learned about academic dishonesty and an opportunity for them to think critically about why it is wrong.