What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a problem at all grade levels. How can teachers help to avoid this problem in his/her own classroom? There are many tactics to get students to understand and avoid the problem of plagiarism. Below is a short video by grammar bytes that is a fun way for students to watch while they understand that plagiarism is wrong. Students are also able to participate in question and answer sections throughout the video. Try this as an introduction to what plagiarism is. Students may have fun creating their own video or drawing to illustrate their understanding.

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3 Responses to What is Plagiarism?

  1. Jason says:

    Hi Jennie, We are actually in the process of adopting a standarized fight plagarism program here at our school and taking suggestions for some online sites and companies that use plagarism fighting software. The current front runner is a program called Turnitin.com. Do you have experince with such progams or any suggestions? Thanks a ton.

  2. jenniborg22 says:

    My school used turnitin.com. I liked this, but some teachers used it as their graders which I didn’t like. I would only use it for a plagiarism check.

  3. Jeremy Stevenson says:

    Considering the number of one on one discussions I get to have with students after they have plagiarized, it would be a good idea to take 14 minutes and show this at the beginning of the year. It is a real fun way to address the issue. A lot of kids know, but I have actually had students who didn’t know that what they did was plagiarism.


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