Plagiarism Discussion

posted Aug 16, 2010, 9:49 AM by Joe Luft   [ updated Aug 27, 2010, 2:06 PM ]
After several attempts to finish this, I've finally decided to wrap up this post and move on since the summer is almost over.  As most people know, I have a passion for writing and the teaching of writing. 

There are some excellent resources included in this discussion of plagiarism on the NY Times website - link here.  If you search through the reader comments, there's an excellent letter that makes a point that in my opinion is completely overlooked in the article.

Your coverage of plagiarism on campus has emphasized the uses of new digital technologies by students and instructors. But it has not recognized one of the most important contributors to the problem: the use of writing assignments that promote plagiarism.

This comes up a lot for us and, in particular, with our students since literal comprehension and the ability to paraphrase ideas can't be assumed skills our students possess.  Given this reality, there's an added layer of complexity here for us and how we address this with our students at FIHS.  In what ways do we explicitly address this in our classes now?  How do we integrate this conversation about plagiarism into our curriculum and our discussions about "college readiness"?