by Quinten Loucks, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

This is a plagiarism WebQuest placing the students in roles as academic honesty detectives.

Teacher Introduction

Consider yourself the new commanding officer of CID: Copyright Infringement Division of your local police department.  Congratulations on your commission.  Now the hard part starts.  Getting your students interested in fair use, plagiarism, and academic honesty.

The topic for this WebQuest came to me while I considered trying to shake up some of the lessons I am more or less required to give every year.  It occurred to me that while academic honesty is a cross-curricular problem, it is the English teachers that get looked at when students copy and paste large sections of online dictionaries into their writing assignments. 

The task at hand then turned into not so much teaching students how to cite, where to put the semicolon, and why there is a period outside the parenthesis to why it is important to give credit where credit is earned.  This WebQuest attempts to expose students to something much larger than their end of the quarter essays.  Students will gain a larger knowledge base about the complexity and importance of academic honesty to a point where they will not be able to say "I didn't know I had to cite everything."

One side note: At times I refer to the students as girls.  My high school is a single sex classroom environment thus I refer directly to the girls.  This does not occur often but I felt the need to clarify.

Quinn Loucks
English/Language Arts
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
July 2007