Plagiarism Lesson Plan

Plagiarism Lesson Plan, grade 4

Grade Level: 4
Subject: English
Prepared by: Ms. Carroll

Overview and Purpose:
To help students understand plagiarism and show them how to be responsible researchers.
Educational Standards

  • Standard 4: Digital Citizenship and Responsibility


  • Learn to correctly site a source
  • Taking effective notes, by keeping track of the important information that will be needed for citing a source.
  • Learn how and when to use quotation marks and ellipses when using direct quotes.
  • How to correctly paraphrase
  • When taking notes, make sure summaries are not just series of passages copied from the
  • How to use signal phrases to distinguish between your ideas and those from
        your sources.
  • How to make a bibliography and use in text citation
  • Make sure that you haven't quoted so much of a source that it exceeds the fair use
        provision guidelines.

Materials Needed:

  • Plagairism Worksheet (19)  adapted from: "Copyright Lesson Plan by Laura Kaemming, page 7"
  • Writing untensil (19)
  • Computer or books (19+)

Other Resources:

  • "When Marion Copied" by Berg, Brook and Nathan Alberg
  • "Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More." by Lipson, Charles


  1. Read "When Marion Copied" out loud and then discuss
  2. Show examples of correctly cited information, and ones that are not correctly cited and then explain what the differences are and why it is so important.
  3. Show them how to use citation books such as, "Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More."


  1. Pass out Plagairism Survey Worksheet
  2. Give them about 5 minutes to complete worksheet
  3. Once everyone is finished ask students to volunteer some of their answers from the WS and their answers to the question, "Why is copyright law important?"
  4. After discussion have them finish a quick quiz, that has four or five incorrectly cited sources that they need to fix.


Each person needs to grab a book or get onto one of the provided computers and look up information about, "The Origin of Earth Day" and write a one page paper about what you found.  Make sure you are following all of the necessary rules and regulations and also make sure you have a bibliography!


Berg, Brook and Nathan Alberg. When Marion Copied. Ft. Atkinson: Upstart Books, 2006.
"Copyright Lesson Plan by Laura Kaemming, page 7"
Lipson, Charles. Cite Right. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Subpages (1): Plagiarism Worksheet