After a student plagiarized a“how to paraphrase” assignment, I was dismayed with student correspondence that I received due its tone and the student’s continued misunderstanding of why it was plagiarism. Because students often avoid paraphrasing, and instead choose to repeatedly use direct quotations, I created a student-instructor role play assignment for ENG 102. See attached assignment for details.
Results: 21 completed; 1 explained correctly, but failed to provide examples; 2 explained correctly but made minor errors in formatting a direct quote; remaining 18 students explained and provided correct examples. All 21 provided an appropriately worded email. Students reported it helped them to understand how to use a source and to express confusion to an instructor via email. The assignment successfully provided a mini-lesson for online etiquette and ensured that students knew how to avoid plagiarism before they started on their final research paper.