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Cite Sources to Avoid Plagiarism_LR


How do you give credit?
Create an acknowledgment page that gives credit to any authors that contributed to your lab report.

Time To Complete 

1-2 hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.8
  • CCRA.W.9

I Can Statements 

  • I can:
    • Quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation (6-8.WHST.8)
    • Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research (6-8.WHST.9)
  • I will know that my citations are of high quality when they:
    • Accurately represent the work of others
    • Are properly formatted to meet the requirements for the assignment
    • Are drawn from credible sources


Possible Activities 
  1. Give a mini-lesson on plagiarism and its implications both at the student level and the global level of scientists

  2. Provide students with articles or have them search the web for sources and practice using a web-based citation generator.  

  3. Hold a discussion about plagiarism. You could use this opinion piece from the New York Times: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/plagiarism-is-not-a-big-moral-deal/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 or extract segments from it to build a discussion with students around plagiarism. 

  4. Give a mini-lesson on paraphrasing. Provide students with an excerpt of text and then two or three samples, which they would have to categorize as either plagiarism or paraphrasing. Have students practice paraphrasing different text samples that are either provided by you or that they find on their own. A simple example is found here: http://teacherlibrariancollaborations.wikispaces.com/file/view/paraphrase_lesson_4th_grade_4th_9wks.pdf. Higher-level examples with exercises can be found here: http://www.uni.edu/unialc/WritingCenter/PDFs/paraphrase.pdf

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