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Collaborative Authorship

Summary:

These resources provide lesson plans and handouts for teachers interested in teaching students how to understand plagiarism. The lesson plans in this section include activities that help students define plagiarism, assess their attitude toward plagiarism, and create a class plagiarism policy. The resources with titles that include "Handout" provide handouts that are free to print for your students by using the print option in your web browser. The "Handout" resources correspond with the resource listed above it.

Time Estimate

35 minutes

Objectives

To have students gain a larger understanding of American culture’s focus on individual authorship and when those expectations are not feasible.

Materials

Collaborative Authorship Handout

Procedures
  1. Ask students to get in groups of 4 or 5 and have each group read a different scenario from the handout. After students have read the scenarios, ask each group to discuss whether or not the type of authorship was “acceptable.” (10-15 minutes)

  2. As a class, have each group explain their scenario to the rest of the students and then clarify what the group discussed about the scenario. Your role as an instructor is not to achieve unity among all students on these collaborative writing scenarios, but explore the possible outcomes from the actions described. You may want to highlight that standards of “acceptable” collaboration often depend upon context. It may also be advantageous to determine how your school’s plagiarism policy would read these actions. (20 minutes)

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