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Validity and Plagiarism

Pixton Lesson Plan on Validity and Plagiarism

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Validity and Plagiarism
Pixton Lesson Plan on Validity and Plagiarism
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Validity and Plagiarism

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Explain to students that before the Internet, people relied on published books to get most of their information. That has changed immensely over the past 20 years. Have students list all the ways we get information today (eg. blogs or podcasts).

  • How reliable are sources on the internet? How do you know if a source is credible or not? Why are websites like Wikipedia not reliable?

  • What is plagiarism? What are different examples of plagiarism? Have you ever plagiarized?

  • Why is plagiarism an important issue? How do you know if you need to cite something or not?

  • The University of Tennessee Chattanooga breaks down plagiarism well with this report: Plagiarism: So What's The Big Deal
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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • If websites are not credible, can they still be useful? How so?

  • Now that you have a new understanding of plagiarism, have you plagiarized before? Why is it so easy to plagiarize, without even knowing?
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Pixton Activity: Validity and Plagiarism 1 Validity of Sources

Intro

In your class discussion, you talked about how to know if a source is credible or valid. Think about that discussion and use the following websites if needed:

Using Research and Evidence

How Can I Tell If a Website is Credible?

Instructions

In a 3-5 panel Storyboard, illustrate and explain at least three ways to know if a source is reliable or not, using your own words.

See the rubric for guidelines.

Rubric: Validity of Sources

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • clearly shows positive ways to identify a credible source.
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• clearly shows positive ways to identify a credible source
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• shows a few ways to identify a credible source
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• somewhat shows how to identify a credible source
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ways to identify a credible source are not shown
• few details or descriptions
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Validity and Plagiarism 2 Why Plagiarism Is Important

Intro

In the introduction, you talked about why plagiarism is an important issue. Think about that discussion for the following activity. You can also refer to the document below, or do your own research for help: Plagiarism: What's The Big Deal?

Instructions

Using the Storyboard format, illustrate three reasons why plagiarism is an important issue.

  • Make sure to include explanations, using your own words.

See rubric for guidelines.

Rubric: Why Plagiarism Is Important

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • clearly shows reasons why plagiarism is important
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• clearly shows reasons why plagiarism is important
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• shows reasons why plagiarism is important
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• somewhat shows reasons why plagiarism is important
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• reasons why plagiarism is important are not shown
• few details or descriptions
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Validity and Plagiarism 3 Is This Plagiarism?

Instructions

Sometimes, plagiarism is not so clear. Using a 3 panel Storyboard, create images to show three questionable plagiarism scenarios.

  • In the text below, explain if it is plagiarism or not, and why.
  • Be sure to use your own words.

See rubric for details.

Rubric: Is This Plagiarism?

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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