In Your Own Words


ELAR-Grade-4 Inquiry & Research In Your Own Words
Students explore what plagiarism is. Then they learn tips for successful paraphrasing and they practice the skill. Finally, they learn to cite sources and develop a bibliography.

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Overview

In this experience, students explore what plagiarism is. Then they learn tips for successful paraphrasing and they practice the skill. Finally, they learn to cite sources and develop a bibliography.

Students will collaborate in small groups for Scene 3.

Objectives

  • Distinguish between paraphrase and plagiarism.
  • Practice paraphrasing text.
  • Credit others for their work and ideas.

Duration

One to two class periods.


When you write anything from a homework assignment to a formal research paper, you are putting words onto paper (or onto the computer disc). You may be summarizing information you learned in class or synthesizing information you gathered from multiple sources. How do you turn that information into your own words? In this experience, you will learn how to do that.

Objectives

  • Distinguish between paraphrase and plagiarism.
  • Practice paraphrasing text.
  • Credit others for their work and ideas.


cartoon of a student copying an exam answer from another student in class

Imagine that you are a fourth-grade teacher. You are grading a pile of homework papers. You notice that the work handed in by Johnny and Blanca is identical, word for word.


What do you think happened?

A) They worked on the homework together.
B) One of them copied the other’s homework.
C) They both copied their homework from an Internet homework site.
D) They are good friends and they think alike, so it is no surprise that they write alike too.

There is no right or wrong answer to this fictional scenario. The purpose of the activity is to get students thinking about ownership of words.


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