Are You A Responsible Researcher?



So What is Plagiarism?

Turn and Talk

Write your team’s definition on a post-it.

One team member puts post-it on chart paper.

Synthesize and create class anchor chart.



Identifying Plagiarism – Use our class definition to identify which passages are plagiarized and which passages are not plagiarized.

  • Open document.
  • Read original passage.
  • Work with a partner to identify if second passage is plagiarized or in the writer’s own words.

Think-Wonder – Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Quoting and Citing Information

  • What do you think you know about these strategies?
  • What questions do you have about these strategies?


Responsible Researchers: Paraphrase, Summarize or Quote 

  • Anchor Chart (click to open) – draft redo anchor chart 
  • What is the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing and quoting?


BrainPop Video – Paraphrasing Practice

Stop 3:38 – Listen to clip from the “I Have  Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Write down key phrases and important ideas.
  • Put the main message into your own words.

Stop: 3:45 – Try paraphrasing what he said.

More Paraphrasing Practice

“Although the okapi resembles a zebra, it is actually a close cousin to the giraffe. Discovered in 1900, it inhabits the rainforests of the Congo area in Africa. Okapis tend to be solitary animals, secretive in their habits.”

  1. Think aloud as you look away from the text and paraphrase these sentences.
  2. Share your paraphrases with team members.


quotesDirect Quotes Add Impact …but use them strategically and sparingly

  • An important person’s words lend credibility to the writing.
  • Help to highlight a key point.
  • The words and phrases in the quote express the idea too powerfully not to use the original.

Read and Compare how writers effectively used direct quotes in the following articles:

Cite it Right:  Create a Bibliography

A “citation” is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. Giving credit is a sign of respect for people’s work.

Be sure to cite a source when you have used:

  • direct quotes
  • paraphrased words or ideas
  • data, tables and graphs used
  • images

Remember: You are developing good research habits, avoiding plagiarism and giving credit to works you use in your research by creating a bibliography at the end of your research paper. 

Wrap Up: 

  • What is plagiarism?
  • Why is it important to provide citations for the work you use?
  • When is it okay to use someone else’s words or ideas?

Assess:  Whose Is It Anyway? Okay or No Way (handout)

Reflect:  I Used To…Now I Think

Review/Extend Learning

Create a class Wordle to summarize these responsible research skills.

More Paraphrasing Practice: Use articles from these sites.

For a review of plagiarism watch: BrainPop Video – Plagiarism

Common Core Standards: RL.10, RI.1, RI.3, RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, RF.4a, W.2d, W.4, W.6, W.7, W.9b, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.4, SL.6, L.6




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