• Dear Parents and Students,

    Plagiarism is on the rise in schools with the ease of looking up information online. Ms. Reddy’s policy is as follows:

    • First Offense- Zero on the assignment, parent conference with the student and the teacher. Assignment can be redone for up to 60% credit.
    • Additional Offences –Zero on the assignment, which cannot be made up and referral to the office and further disciplinary consequences.

    PLAGIARISM is defined by Meriam-Webster Dictionary as: 1. To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source. 2. To commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

     

    We have reviewed the basics of what plagiarism is in class and students have taken a quiz over the materials covered. I spend much of my time teaching students how to properly cite resources and am here to help them if they are unsure about how to do this correctly. It is their responsibility to come in at study hall and ask me for help BEFORE submitting an assignment if they are unsure about proper citations. Once it is turned in to grade, the assumption is that they did their own work, so at that point plagiarism is taken very seriously. To help students understand  and avoid plagiarism and cheating please, take some time with your child and go over this letter with them. I have additional resources and information on my website under the “Plagiarism” tab. Please read through each statement below and have your student initial each one. Both parent and student need to sign and date the bottom and return to Ms. Reddy ASAP.

     

    Plagiarism IS:

    (STUDENT please initial each statement)

    _______________Putting down the same sentences for the answers as another person or source.

    _______________Simply changing a few words from another person’s answer/work (this includes information found online).

    _______________Allowing another student to copy your work and/or take parts of it and pass it off as their own.

    _______________Copying and pasting from the internet without citation.

    _______________Not citing sources used both within the text and in the Works Cited page.

    _______________ Paraphrasing another writer’s words and pass them off as your own.

    _______________Using another assignment from a previous/other class for a current assignment without asking the teacher.

    _______________Paraphrasing without citations.

     

    Plagiarism is NOT:

    (STUDENT please initial each statement)

    _______________Paraphrasing others’ ideas AND including proper citations.

    _______________Creating your own, original sentences.

    _______________Using outside sources and CORRECTLY citing them within paper and in Works Cited Page.

    _______________Using information that can be found in 5 or more sources without citations.

    _______________When borrowing another person’s words use quotation marks and include the complete reference (author’s name, date, pages).

     

    THREE BASIC RULES:

    • If you use someone else’s words, data, etc., use quotation marks and give a complete citation.
    • If you borrow someone else’s ideas (paraphrase), give a complete citation.
    • When in doubt, ASK the teacher!!

                    

    Citation Help-We will use Purdue University’s OWL at: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html

    (always select MLA as that is what we use at Hellgate Elementary).

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Ms. Reddy

    8th Grade ELA

    Hellgate Elementary

    406-532-4590 ext. 4752

     

    Parent Signature______________________________________________________Date__________________

    Student Signature_____________________________________________________ Date__________________

     

    (Letter adapted from : https://1.cdn.edl.io/sNz2vRQrKB0X2JApDVFLrYaSPFNt7jN5BcXJgrRLThJ5kN77.doc)

     

    EXAMPLES OF CORRECT AND INCORRECT CITATIONS:

    Your Source-

    Over time technology has been instrumental in increasing industrial and agricultural production, improving transportation and communications, advancing human health care and overall improving many aspects of human life. However, much of its success is based on the availability of land, water, energy, and biological resources of the earth.*

     

    * David PIMENTAL (1998) “Population Growth and the Environment: Planetary Stewardship”, Electronic Green Journal: Vol. 1: No. 9, Article 10. http://repositories.cdlib.org/uclalib/egj/vol1/iss9/art10

     

    You wrote*:

    Research has shown that technology has been instrumental in increasing industrial and agricultural production, improving transportation and communications, advancing human health care and overall improving many aspects of human life. However, much of its success is based on the

    availability of land, water, energy, and biological resources of the earth.

     

    This is unacceptable because:

    Other than the first 4 words, the text has been copied word for word from the original document without any quotation marks that would indicate that the passage is a quote. The source you are using is not cited.

     

    You wrote*:

    Research has shown that the advancement of technology has been instrumental in increasing industrial and agricultural production, improving transportation and communications, health care and overall many aspects of human life (Pimental 1998).

    This is unacceptable because:

    Even though you mention your source, you use many of the author’s words without quotation marks.

     

    You wrote:

    Research has shown that the advancement of science has been beneficial to the areas of agricultural and industrial production and communication and transportation fields. Furthermore, science has greatly improved health care and is the prime factor in a higher standard of life for many people. *

    This is unacceptable because:

    Though most of the words have been changed, the sentence structure has remained the same. This is paraphrasing without indicating the original source.

     *The words in bold are used in the source text.

     

    You wrote:

    In his article on the effects of population growth on the environment, Pimental argues that “technology has been instrumental in increasing industrial and agricultural production, improving transportation and communications, advancing human health care and overall improving many aspects of human life. However, much of its success is based on the availability of land, water, energy, and biological resources of the earth” (1998).

     This is acceptable because:

    The author has been acknowledging, and the quoting technique which has been used is adequate since this is an Internet source. However, when you quote a printed source (book, journal, etc.), be sure to include the page numbers

     

    You wrote:

    According to Pimental, “technology has been instrumental in increasing industrial and agricultural production, improving transportation and communications, advancing human health care and overall improving many aspects of human life” (1998). He cautions, however, that technological progress is dependent on natural resources.

     This is acceptable because:

    You have properly quoted and paraphrased the author the author.

     

    You wrote:

     According to Pimentel (1998), technology has greatly improved our standard of living. He cautions, however, that technological progress is dependent on natural resources.

     This is acceptable because:

    This is acceptable because: This is the proper way to paraphrase and the author’s ideas have been credited.

     

    (Examples from: https://1.cdn.edl.io/sNz2vRQrKB0X2JApDVFLrYaSPFNt7jN5BcXJgrRLThJ5kN77.doc)