Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Plagiarism, and supports the standard of integrating information from various sources while avoiding plagiarism. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • Why might someone be tempted to plagiarize someone else’s work? 
  • Why shouldn’t you plagiarize? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the four Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial that explains how to check your work for plagiarism. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies different ways to use a quote from an article in a research paper. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme about the perils of plagiarism. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about plagiarism.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why is it important to avoid plagiarism? 
  • What strategies can you use when writing and researching to prevent accidental plagiarism? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Plagiarism Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Deepen thinking around plagiarism by analyzing a Primary Source

Explore topics related to plagiarism with BrainPOP topics such as Citing Sources, Copyright, and Research

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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