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Written for middle school students.

mary mahoney

on 27 September 2016

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Transcript of Plagiarism

Academic Honesty:
What You Should Know
Listen to the beginning of these two songs.
Turn and talk to your neighbor. What did you notice about these two songs?
Vanilla Ice did not receive permission
to "sample" or use the original song "Under Pressure." This is considered "copyright infringement" -- meaning someone's original material was used without consent or consideration.

This case was settled out of court.
If you're interested in learning more about other famous music infringement cases, check here: http://www.fairwagelawyers.com/most-famous-music-copyright-infringment.html
Why is taking someone else's work
and passing it off as your own a problem?
Who Cares?
Turn and talk to your neighbor.
What's at stake for an artist, a professional, or a student?
What is plagiarism?
This song, "Ice Ice Baby" was written in 1990 and performed by Vanilla Ice.
This song, "Under Pressure" was written in 1981 and performed by Queen and David Bowie.
What do you think
"Academic Honesty" means?

Turn to your neighbor and write a
quick definition of what you think
it means.
As defined by the St. Louis University School of Law:

“Plagiarism results from the unacknowledged use of material found in print sources, oral presentations, or visual, electronic or other media sources. Plagiarism does not require an intention to deceive. It can result when a student submits as his or her own work ideas, language, data or other material contained in a source not acknowledged by the student, if the student knew or should have known that such an acknowledgement was required."
What does this mean?! I'm not writing songs!

But you do use information from other sources (the internet, books, etc.) when you're completing school work. If you use information from a source,
you need to tell your reader where that information came from. You need to give credit to the person who came up with the idea, words, information,
picture, or research.

What's a student to do?!
If you use a source, give
credit to the source. This includes
pictures, photos, summaries, charts,
diagrams...when in doubt cite the source
or ask your teacher.
Give credit where credit
is due -- cite your sources
when you research.
You'll learn how
to create a works cited
page and use parenthetical
citation for your work.

You will have support and
practice as you learn this new
Okay, but who cares?

How is anyone going to know?

And what if I don't get caught?
It's true, you may not get caught.
But, academic honesty is more about
you and who you are than about whether
or not you get caught. Honesty is honesty.

Look back at what you thought about
Vanilla Ice's sampling. Was that fair to the
original artist? How would you feel if you'd
created something and someone took it from you and didn't at least give you credit?
However, you can get caught. If you do, you
risk receiving a zero for the assignment, losing the trust of your teachers, parents, and classmates.

You have also lost the opportunity to learn! (Wasn't that the goal of the assignment in the first place?)

In some schools, students are expelled for plagiarizing.
Look again at your
definition for academic honesty.
What can you add to your definition?
Write your own definition
of plagiarism.

Share your definition with your
turn & talk partner.
Did you notice this part of the definition?
"Plagiarism does not require an intention to deceive."

What do you think that means?
Write your thoughts on your graphic organizer.
Taking someone else's work and
passing it off as your own is called
And in a public forum...well, just ask Vanilla Ice.
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