Monday, January 13, 2014

Research and Academic Integrity: Weeks 2-3

Essential Questions:
-How can I evaluate sources to see if they are reliable and relevant?
-What does plagiarism look like?
-How can I avoid plagiarizing other people's work?

Homework Announcements: Revised SMART goals due Wednesday!
Research Objective:
I can determine if information is relevant and reliable.

Tuesday through Wednesday:

1) Copy and paste Worksheet here into your Advisory folder and complete it!
  • Develop a question you want to get answered. It can be relevant to a class, or it can be random! It should *not* be merely fact-based.
Example: How do black holes work? Nonexample: Who holds the world record for most hamburgers eaten? 
  • Find one source that meets the checklist for reliable sources
  • Find one source that does not meet the checklist for reliable sources.
Relevant and Reliable Research Checklist:
Who is the author?  (An individual or an organization?)

What are the author’s credentials?  

Does the author give references for resource material?

When was the information provided?

Does the information have any bias?  How do you know?

3) Contribute to the Venn diagram poster showing the similarities and differences between reliable and unreliable sources.
4) Post the answer to your question in the Padlet below. Cite your reliable source using MLA format.


1) Discussion: Why might it be important to make sure you use reliable sources?
2) Have you ever been told that something you did was cheating? Describe the situation below. DO NOT USE ANY NAMES, INCLUDING YOUR OWN!!!!

3) Discussion: Were you surprised by any of these scenarios? How can we avoid similar situations?
4) Short SMART Study Hall
Plagiarism Objective:
I can use information from other sources without plagiarizing.

Tuesday: How can I tell if I'm plagiarizing?

1) Warm Up: What is plagiarism? Why does it matter?

2) Discuss the warm up.
3) Define and illustrate plagiarism in your notes: Any time you use someone else’s idea without saying that the idea wasn’t yours.
4) Create a T-chart demonstrating blatant (obvious) and subtle (not-so-obvious) plagiarism.

Wednesday: How can I avoid plagiarizing other's work?

1) Warm Up: Generate a checklist in your notebook that responds to this question: What steps should you follow to make sure you avoid plagiarism?

2) What should go on a class checklist? Add to the document here. DO NOT erase other people's ideas!
3) Create a class poster of the final list.

Thursday: What does academic integrity look like?

1) Warm Up: How can I work with other people AND avoid plagarizing or cheating?
2) Look at the sites below. Use the information to create a poem, comic, short story, or news article that tells what LEC will look like when all students practice academic integrity.

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