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Giving Credit - A Lesson in Plagiarism and MLA Citations

Giving Credit - A Lesson in Plagiarism and MLA Citations

This StAIR (stand-alone instructional resource) was created to give secondary students a brief lesson in plagiarism, giving credit to the ideas of others and MLA referencing. This lesson is focused more on the why and the when of giving credit (and consequences of plagiarism) rather than a comprehensive lesson on how to reference, assuming there are a wealth of resources online to help students format such references. For information about reference formatting specifics, this StAIR includes links to the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) and EasyBib.com. This StAIR was created in Apple Keynote and exported as a Quicktime movie file. The link will open the Quicktime slideshow in a new window and students must use the navigation buttons to advance the lesson and receive feedback.

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Christina Snyder
Christina Snyder (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

This stand alone assignment is an awesome resource.  It is informative and involves students without being boring, which is saying a lot, considering the lesson is about citing sources!  I especially liked the clean layout, no clutter to distract.  This would be a great resource to use to introduce students to the importance of citing sources, and how to use MLA citation.  The only issue I noticed with this StAIR is that the in text citations are shown as having commas with them, for example "Here is my quote" (Smith, 113).  When currently, MLA guidelines would have one write this out without the comma, as (Smith 113).  This is the only thing I would change in the presentation.  Other than that small detail, it is awesome!  Thanks, Mary, for making a resource available on a topic that usually isn't much fun to teach!

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Aubrey McClain
Aubrey McClain (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

This is an excellent StAIR lesson on plagiarism.  I plan on using this with my middle school students.  There is nothing in the lesson that is above their learning level.  This lesson is well organized and will benefit a wide audience.  The only thing that I would add or modify would be how to cite in APA-only because it is a requirement that my students learn both.  Although it should be taught in other subject areas, I still want my students exposed.  Fantastic lesson!

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes