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Melissa Nunes

November 11, 2015

Title of Commonsense Lesson: Whose Is It, Anyway?
Essential Question: How can I show respect for peoples work?
CCSS: Grade 5: 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
ISTE 4 Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making (4a,4b,4c,4d)
P21 Standards: Critical Thinking/Collaboration
Demographics/Grade Level: Whole Class, Grade 5
My overall class has 23 students of which two are English Language Learners and two have
Individualized Education Plans. 16/23 students are reading below proficiency level for grade 5
based on their individual Lexile score. One student will be given modified directions because
when given a set of multiple steps, they often struggle to follow and complete the task due to
feeling overwhelmed. Another student will be given extra time on the open ended response
questions due to lack of typing skills on the computer. This was shown through attending an after
school keyboarding class.
Background Information
Students in my class are beginning their research unit for their quarter 2 writing performance
task. I have noticed students taking notes and researching online databases without showing
proper citations for the author of the research. It is important for students to understand
plagiarism and its consequences as well as how to articulate when it is acceptable to use
someones work and how to show respect for that author by writing a citation. Throughout this
lesson, students will drive their own learning through exploring virtual classrooms and
collaborating with their peers to distinguish if it is okay or no way for using someone elses
work. Students will share their findings with the class to show their understanding on the topic.
As many of my students enjoy choice and freedom, I will give them choice through virtual
classrooms. Students will take full responsibility and control over their own learning.
Lesson Objective(s): Students will be able to ...

define plagiarism and describe its consequences.

explain how giving credit is a sign of respect for peoples work.

articulate when it is acceptable to use peoples work, and how to write a citation.

Key Vocabulary

plagiarism: using some or all of somebodys work or idea, and saying that you created it

citation: a formal note of credit to an author that includes their name, date published, and
where you found the information

respect: a way of showing that you admire and value something

Materials and Preparation

Time for Kids article, One Small Step, One Great Man." Prepare to point out
information on the webpage that students would need in order to create a citation for the
article (Teach 2).

Time for Kids article, http://www.timeforkids.com/news/blast/227241 to cite for their

final assessment

Computer, one for each student

NearPod Presentation https://app.nearpod.com/#/?


Copy the Okay or No Way! Student Handout, one for each student.

category=Arthur&pid=OldhxSi0jz_O9W_poSYcCjk1fvMBwcc6 (Movie Clip)

http://www.cyberbee.com/cb_copyright.swf (Virtual Classroom)

http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/ (Virtual Classroom)

Warm Up (10 minutes)
Here & Now: Highlight to students that they are all creators.
I would like for you to think about times they recorded an idea they had- whether they wrote
something in their notebook, uploaded it from the internet, took a photo or a video, or made
something in class.
Ask students how they showed, or could show, that your idea belonged to you and not to
someone else? (Students respond through powerpoint) Response: People often give themselves
credit for their work by putting their names on what they create, showing when they created it,
with whom, etc.
Ask students how would you feel if someone pretended that your work was theirs? (Students
respond through drawing in powerpoint). Response: Students may describe feeling upset, sad, or

cheated. Discuss why its natural for people to want to be recognized and celebrated for their
original ideas or efforts.
Plagiarism vs. When Its Fair to Copy Activity (20 minutes)
Ask students if they heard of the term plagiarism before? (Students respond through a poll on
Plagiarism is using some or all of somebodys work or idea, and saying that you created it.
Explain school and classroom policy on plagiarism and the consequences for this action. Explain
to students if I ask you to write a report or complete a project, I expect that you not copy others
work, whether it is a best friend or a website page. Even if you copy something into your own
handwriting or retype it yourself, it is still plagiarism.
Tell students another reason it is important not to plagiarize is so that they show respect for work
and ideas that others created.
Respect is a way of showing that you admire or value something.
Play http://pbskids.org/video/?category=Arthur&pid=OldhxSi0jz_O9W_poSYcCjk1fvMBwcc6
for students. Students will respond through a poll whether or not DW is respecting other peoples
One way you can show respect is to give credit when you use other peoples work. A way to do
this is to give credit by providing a citation.
A citation is a formal note of credit to an author that includes their name, date published, and
where you found the information.
Pass out Time for Kids Article. Tell students if we were using information from this Time for
Kids article we need to give the author credit for his work. I will show you an example of a
citation. (Access through link below to show students how to retrieve information for a citation)
Link: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/one-small-step-one-great-man/44396
Example Citation: (Display on powerpoint and below article handed out to students)
Keady, Cameron. One Small Step, One Great Man. Time for Kids. Time Inc., 27 Aug. 2012.
Web. 07 Sep. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/one-small-step-one-great-man/44396>.
(Displayed on powerpoint-Handed Out to Students)

Introduce students to each component of the citation, and invite students to identify where each
piece of information is found on the webpage. Also, tell students Easybib.com is a great way to
help with your citations. Go to this website to show students how it works for the same article.
Accentuate to students that they should include citations in a report, project, or presentation as a
formal way to give credit to other peoples work. Citations help others find the information that
students have drawn from in their work. Citations are usually found in the footnotes or
bibliography sections of a report or book.
Okay, or No Way? Activity (15 minutes)
Distribute the Okay or No Way? Student Handout. Read the direction aloud. Instruct students
to complete with a partner sitting next to them. Students have 10 minutes to complete this task.
Using the 4 stories, guide a classroom discussion on whether the persons action was okay or not
okay and have them explain their answers.
Example Responses:
Davids homework: Email makes it easy for students to share their work. Howeverm unless the
teacher tells students to work together and turn in the same paper, she expects Davids work to be
his own. Even though Justin gave David permission to copy his work, it is still plagiarism when
you copy someone elses work.
Mannys paragraph. Copying someone elses work from the Web in his own handwriting does
not make it Mannys work. This is plagiarism.
Samanthas Work: Using the exact words of someone else is plagiarism, even if you add your
own topic sentence. Samantha should restate the passage in her own words, or she can use a
quote from the author if she provides a citation.
Mings report It is alright for Ming to use a drawing from a website for a school report because
she gave credit to the illustrator. Ming should provide a citation for the photo at the end of her
Wrap Up (15 minutes)

Although the internet makes it very easy to copy and paste the work of others and presenting it
as ones own, it is important we respect the author and give them create through a citation or else
it is called plagiarism.
Students provided with choice. Each student chooses a link to which they would like to explore
plagiarism in a virtual classroom. Allow students to explore these websites for 15 minutes. Links
provided on powerpoint.

http://www.cyberbee.com/cb_copyright.swf (Virtual Classroom)

http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/ (Virtual Classroom)

Assessment (15 minutes)

Students complete an assessment through PowerPoint answering various questions to assess their
understanding of the lesson objectives. Teacher will quickly go over rubric for open ended
response questions (0-1 points each). Score 0- does not demonstrate an understanding on the
assigned question with zero factual evidence learned. Score 1- displays a clear understanding on
the assigned question with at least one factual evidence learned from todays lesson.
(The questions are below)
Students are assessed on:
What is plagiarism?
Why is it important to provide a citation for the work you use?
Decide if the persons action was okay or not okay, and briefly explain your decision. Example:
Tim finds an article online. He copies and pastes the article into his book report. He adds in a
few sentences to add more detail. He even adds in his own topic sentence. Is this okay or no
way? Explain your decision.
Create a citation from the article provided http://www.timeforkids.com/news/blast/227241
All students are given a blank citation worksheet to fill in.
Extension Activity/Homework (Day 2)
Create an anchor chart and teach students the importance of paraphrasing- expressing something
in your own words. Students will be provided with an article and will have to rewrite the
information in their own words. Once completed, students will switch with a partner and critique
their partners paragraph using the following questions:
Did the student use his or her own words?

Did the student use quotation marks when using a direct quote?
Did the student provide a citation?
Lesson Reflection:
This lesson was adapted and differentiated to fit the needs of all of my students. I adapted this
lesson by incorporating technology in a NearPod PowerPoint. Students were able to follow along
with me on the PowerPoint as well as answer questions, take polls, and assess their overall
knowledge at the end of the activity. Students needs were met through various ways of
instruction. I helped meet my students needs through providing them graphic organizers to fill in
their citations. I also provided support for my ELL and IEP students through virtual classrooms.
These students were able to manipulate through visuals on the computer to help them better
understand the new concepts learned. Each student at the end of the lesson received a hard copy
of the NearPod PowerPoint to help for future references. I monitored and gave my students
instant feedback through observation and verbal comments as I was walking around the
classroom. During whole class and individual discussion students received instant verbal
feedback. Students also were provided feedback through sticky note comments the following day
on their handwritten citation worksheet. As previously stated in the lesson, students were
assessed on their overall knowledge and understanding of the lesson objectives. Students were
given an online assessment using their NearPod PowerPoint. Students were asked open response
questions such as:
What is plagiarism?
Why is it important to provide a citation for the work you use?
Decide if the persons action was okay or not okay, and briefly explain your decision. Example:
Tim finds an article online. He copies and pastes the article into his book report. He adds in a
few sentences to add more detail. He even adds in his own topic sentence. Is this okay or no
way? Explain your decision.
Create a citation from the article provided http://www.timeforkids.com/news/blast/227241 using
a graphic organizer.
Data Results: (Attached)
Overall students were engaged and had 100% participation in all lesson activities, polls, and
assessments. As a pre-assessment, students were asked if they had heard the term plagiarism
before, 82% answered yes and 18% answered no. Of the 82% only 27% of students could tell me
the definition of plagiarism. After watching Author and DWs plagiarism video and completing a
quick mini lesson on plagiarism and respect, 100% of students were able to determine if DW
showed respect for other peoples work. Students stated, She did not show respect because she
did not give the man credit. She stole his work. She plagiarized. In the final assessment,
students had to determine what plagiarism was. 100% of students were able to respond to a

correct definition of plagiarism and describe its consequences. For an example, Abby stated,
Plagiarism is when you copy or steal someones hard work and dont give them credit for their
work. Kiana stated, Plagiarism can get you in a lot of trouble like the principals office or even
fail your class. When being asked why it is important to provide a citation for the work you use,
100% of students were able to explain that it is important so you dont get in trouble and steal
someone elses work. You give credit to the author who wrote it. For an example, Eliana stated,
It is important to provide a citation for the work you use so that the author can get credit for
their work. When given a scenario, students had to articulate when it is acceptable to use
peoples work and whether or not it was okay or no way for what the person did. 96% of
students were able to correctly articulate whether it is was okay or no way and explain why it
was acceptable or not acceptable. For an example, Seny stated, This is no way because he didnt
give any credit and he did plagiarism. He didnt respect the hard work someone else did. When
providing students with a graphic organizer to write a citation, 85% of students were able to
completely create a citation. Students struggled on how to correctly write the date although the
date they wrote for each missing component was correct. They wrote the date October 27, 2015
instead of 27 October, 2015. Overall students succeeded in the overall learning objectives.
Teacher Reflection: I feel the overall lesson went well. Students were actively engaged and
participating. The strengths in my lesson were classroom management and differentiated
learning. When students were kicked offline or their computers shut off, I was able to continually
engage my students through partner sharing and following along on the eno board. Students were
not distracted but actively participating in the class whether they had an electronic in front of
them or not. One student stated, I love this Miss. Nunes! Can we do this again? while another
student stated, can I have the websites for the virtual classroom so I can do it at home. This
showed students interest in the lesson and overall engagement. I feel an additional strength in my
teaching was differentiated instruction through meeting all of my students needs. The websites I
linked to my lesson were readable to all levels and allowed students to be read instructions. The
graphic organizer worksheet provided, allowed each student the ability to successfully complete
a citation with added support. When teaching this lesson next year, I would like to make minor
improvements to help my students be more successful. I would like to address the technology
concerns by having spare chargers or computers ready if computers die or loose internet. I would
also like for students to have headphones so each individual student can listen to their sound and
not be distracted. I would also like to manage my time by setting up prior to class beginning. The
time it spent for students to get a computer, log in, and access the website was 10-15 minutes.
This could be decreased while discussion for overall learning activities can be increased. Lastly, I
enjoyed the sources used in my presentation but would like to try a new presentation tool. It was
great that Nearpod gave my students an assessment and provided me with the results of polls and
mini quizzes but it did not let the students explore throughout the lesson. When students wanted
longer time to explore the virtual classrooms, it wouldnt let the student go back to the previous
slide/website. This is great for monitoring and keeping students on task but not when allowing
students to explore.