|We have the Solar System hanging in our classroom! In this picture you can see the Earth, moon, Saturn, Sun and the faint outlines of Jupiter and Mercury.|
While engaging in this nonfiction unit of study, I thought it best to bring up the issue of plagiarism with my first grade students because I noticed that many of them were copying information directly from their books.
So today during writing workshop we practiced reading a passage about the Sun, closing the book, discussing what we just learned and then writing it in our own words rather than simply copying passages from a book. After the mini-lesson, I sent them off to give it a go.
About 10 minutes later one happy girl hop-skipped over to me eager to share how she internalized this lesson stating, "I didn't copy from the book! I changed it so it wasn't the same."
"Oh! That's great. What did you write?"
"Well, the book said it takes the Earth one year to travel around the sun. But I changed it and wrote it takes two years!"
I sit there with my mouth hanging open wondering how I am going to handle this one. I guess it's back to the drawing board.