You know that stealing someone else’s property is wrong, but what about stealing words or ideas? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the thorny concept of plagiarism. You’ll learn about the most basic forms of plagiarism, like copying and pasting someone else’s words directly into your own work. But you’ll also learn why many students wind up plagiarizing without meaning to! You’ll discover why plagiarism is taken so seriously by teachers and professors, and hear some tips you can use to avoid it. Finally, you’ll learn the basics of citing sources and paraphrasing other authors.

Research Project Lesson Plan: Citing Sources

In this multi-day lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to learn about citing sources and how to define plagiarism, copyright, and fair use. Students will explain how to paraphrase and quote sources and why these skills are needed. They will also distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to cite sources. Finally, students will apply their knowledge about these topics to a content-specific research project that utilizes a bibliography, endnotes, and/or footnotes. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »