- Three lessons that allow students to learn about copyright, plagiarism, and paraphrasing.
- Learning how to use information respectfully.
- Discussing the rules of copyright.
- Included is a Power point that provides opportunities for students to identify plagiarism and discuss paraphrasing strategies.
Grade: Cycle 3
Time: Three, 50 minute lessons
Student Objectives: – Students will:
- define plagiarism, fair use, and paraphrasing
- recognize and provide examples of plagiarism, fair use, and paraphrasing.
- use appropriate paraphrasing strategies to replace advanced-level words with age/grade/level appropriate vocabulary.
- Student textbook from a content area such as social studies or science
- Internet connection and projection capabilities
- Identifying Plagiarism PowerPoint Presentation
- Paraphrasing Practice PowerPoint Presentation
- Choose a section or chapter in the student textbook to use during each part of the lesson and as part of the student assessment. Textbook sections that have not/may not be covered in class work best.
- Make copies of the Research Skills KWL handout and Checklist for Fair Use for teachers use only.
- Make arrangements to project the Paraphrasing Practice PowerPoint Presentation and the Identifying Plagiarism PowerPoint Presentation, or create separate transparencies for each sentence on the Paraphrasing Practice and Identifying Plagiarism sheets.
- If students need additional practice, choose passages from available texts (e.g., an elementary level encyclopedia; student writing; unfamiliar school or college textbooks). Work together to create your own paraphrased and plagiarized versions of the passages to extend student options for identifying plagiarism.
- The classroom teacher and library media specialist should test the ReadWriteThink Notetaker on the computers to familiarize themselves with the tool and to ensure the Flash plug-in is installed. Schools can download the plug-in from the Technical Support page