In Your Own Words


ELAR-Grade-7 Inquiry & Research In Your Own Words
Students explore what plagiarism, paraphrasing, and intellectual property are. 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, paraphrasing, and intellectual property are. 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

  • Define paraphrase, plagiarism, and intellectual property.
  • 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

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


Computer keyboard with keys labeled Copy and Paste

Imagine you work in a college admissions office. Your job is to read essays on students’ applications and check to see if they are original. Two applicants have written essays on the same subject. The first one includes quotations from books, websites, and documentaries with identifying citations. It includes original thought. The second one includes passages copied from the web and pasted in without any citations. The only thoughts expressed come from other sources.


Which applicant’s essay is a valid piece of writing?

Post your answer

Encourage student discussion.

Note that material from someone else’s work cannot be used without putting it into your own words and giving credit.


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