Understanding Plagiarism with Some Help from Dr. Seuss

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The problem of pupils plagiarizing papers plagues professors pervasively. While students express comprehension, their product is often transgression.

In this plagiarism prevention lesson, we use a passage from Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" (Geisel, 1960) to illustrate plagiarism and paraphrasing in an effort to convey how best to avoid gross and subtle violations, including how and why minor manipulation of sentence structure is not adequate paraphrasing.

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Pleasantly, the percentage of plagiarizing pupils plummeted!


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Submitted by:
Rosiana (Nani) L. Azman, Ph.D.
Psychology Instructor
University of Hawai‘i Maui College

Stephen H. Fox, Ph.D.
Psychology Instructor
Hawai‘i Pacific University and University of Hawai‘i Maui College

Dr. Fox presented this lesson plan and the reasoning and theory behind it in a Plagiarism Education Week webcast in 2014. View the webcast