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How to Stop Student Plagiarism Before It Starts. A MiddleWeb Blog I do not enjoy being the plagiarism police with my middle school students. For me, detecting plagiarism (and determining consequences) takes more energy than proactively planning assignments that don’t lend themselves to copying. Here are some steps I take to prevent plagiarism before it begins. These may not make the assignment “plagiarism proof,” but they will certainly make copying more difficult. ► Discuss the idea of plagiarism on a personal level. Have a conversation with students about how annoying it is when someone copies them on a superficial level such as hairstyle, clothing, catchphrases, etc. You could extend this to how they feel when a friend or a sibling “borrows” something of theirs because they really like it, but then claims it as their own or never gives it back.

. ► Explicitly teach the skills of paraphrasing and summarizing. It is not enough to tell students to “put it in your own words” or “don’t copy” because many don’t know what else to do. Primary Sources, the Library of Congress and English Learners. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges Siempre imaginé que el Paraíso sería algún tipo de biblioteca. – Jorge Luis Borges When I received the invitation to apply to the Library of Congress Summer Institute, I must admit that I was a little intimidated by the proposition.

In my mind, the Library of Congress was a place for university graduate students, lawyers, judges, and others interested in extensive, scholarly research. How could time-strapped teachers utilize such a massive collection of information? I didn’t have to worry. The experience at the Library of Congress Summer Institute showed me how. At the Library of Congress, I found a rich resource to support teaching and learning at all grade and language proficiency levels.

Primary Resources: FAQs How do you define primary resources? The Library of Congress defines primary sources as the raw materials of history – original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. Write About - Features. Essay Structure Lesson For ELL. 15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts. Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category “The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” ~ Vladimir Nabakov One of my favorite activities with my students was having them keep daily journals. Each day, they knew the routine. Grab their journals, grab a pillow, sit where they want and spend 5 minutes responding to the prompt on the board. Nowadays, technology provides us more engaging ways to encourage writing.

Students can journal online with blogs or use mobile technologies to capture images, record videos, and post podcasts. Vary the types of writing students do! Challenge: Try one of these resources for writing prompts. Writing prompts, by shellyterrell 31 Days of Digital Tech Integration Tips. Theysay.pdf. “Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year. Write About is a new site co-founded by educator John Spencer (his name may be familiar with readers since I’ve previously shared his work many times here). His co-founder is Brad Wilson. And they’ve created what might be the Education Site of 2014. Write About provides many (and I mean many) images with writing prompts. Students can write their response and do an audio recording of it. Teachers can create virtual classrooms and provide individual written feedback to student writing. Student creations can be shared publicly or just with their classmates. Teachers can change prompts or upload their own photos.

There’s a lot more, too. Plus, you can’t beat the cost (or non-cost): Teachers can sign up and participate in the Write About community for free. I asked John why he created Write About and here’s his response: “Brad and I met and had a similar vision for what we wanted. I think Write About is going to be an exceptional site, in particular for English Language Learners. Teaching Tip For Jumpstarting Student Discussions And Writing. Error Correction 1. Therefore the aim of this article is not to be prescriptive, but to highlight some key areas. It is in 2 parts. In the first part we look at ... Attitudes to error correction Categorising errors A model for correcting writing The role of planning Practical techniques / ideas for correcting writing Attitudes to error correction Attitudes to error correction vary not only among teachers but also among students.

A teacher may be influenced by: The fact that English is their second language and great emphasis was placed on correctness at their teacher training college. As for students, we not only have to consider their age but also their approach to learning. Categorising errors We can categorise an error by the reason for its production or by its linguistic type. What's the reason for the error? To be sure about the type of error produced by a student we need to know where the student's interlanguage is (the language used by a student in the process of learning a second language). 1. Teaching Nonfiction Writing to Beginning English Learners. It is essential that English learners (ELs) are taught to write from the time they first learn English.

I have always been convinced that English learners write more comprehensively if they begin with nonfiction reading and writing and their writing is scaffolded. The emphasis of the Common Core Standards for nonfiction reading and writing supports this view. I don’t want to give the impression, however, that beginning ELs will be able to participate in grade-level writing using Common Core Standards. When students first begin to write in English, I suggest the use of sentence frames to provide ELs with structure and organization.

As they develop oral language and vocabulary, I recommend that teachers use graphic organizers such as story maps, T-charts, and Venn diagrams to help scaffold writing and provide students with language chunks that can be used in their text. I like to use process writing from Lucy Calkins. Give Prewriting Plenty of Time This is the time to build vocabulary. Constructive Peer Editing: Free Handout Included! Essay writing is such a powerful, necessary skill for students and such a arduous and draining requirement for teachers. A while ago, I shared a post with tips for getting through the essay stacks and today I want to share another process for peer editing that I use with students during the early part of the school year. I find it helps improve student writing and saves me time not writing the same comments over and over again!

Procedure: Create a list of specific items that students can correct in peer papers. Start with rubric items and personal pet peeves. You can create one for each student or have pairs working together to find and correct the same standard. Feel free to download and edit this checklist to make it work for your assignment, class, and grade level! How to celebrate students’ writing | The White Rhino: A Chicago Latino English Teacher. We often forget to celebrating students' writing.

Sometimes, after drafts and revisions, struggles and even tears, we move on to the next big writing assignment because we're afraid of falling behind. Or a celebration implies food and drink and (let's be honest) this adds up for a typical high-school teacher who has about 150 students. We can organize open mic events after school, publish literary magazines, and set up blogs, but this take a great deal of time. Sometimes, it's hard to keep all students engaged.

My goal this year is to ensure I find small ways to celebrate student writing. After students completed their first big writing assignment, which was a personal essay, I asked each student to select one chunk of text from his or her own essay using one of these criteria: It carries a strong message.It produces a memorable, meaningful image.It just sounds good.

I gave them a sheet of colored paper so they could write down their chunk with a marker. That's it. Feedly. Teaching Learning/Learning Teaching: Learning to Write Like a Reader: Teaching Students How to Edit and Do Peer-Review. Peer review is an important an beneficial step in the writing process if done effectively. The question then becomes how can you do it effectively? Today I'll provide three examples: Checklists, Write Like a Reader and Paramedic Editing. Checklists Why should you provide students with a checklist? First, checklists identify the key ideas/components/aspects that should be in a students writing. Second, providing students with explicit instruction increases the likelihood of them remaining on task. Write Like a Reader If you're like me, you hate writing "needs support" and/or "lacks evidence" on students' papers. 1) students write a paragraph in response to a prompt - if they are writing by hand, have them leave every other line blank (this will become clear later) 2) students pass their writing to the right 3) students then read the first sentence and write 3-4 questions they have directly after the first sentence.

The Paramedic Method Employees at this company need a better money manage. STUDENT OPINION - The Learning Network Blog. Photo Do you spend money easily? Do you always want new clothes, music or gadgets? Or are you more frugal and careful with your cash? Are you a saver or a spender? Ron Lieber writes in “Why You Should Tell Your Children How Much You Make” that parents should be upfront with their children about family finances. Talking about the household budget can help prepare young people to be more responsible savers and spenders.

Read more… How old were you when your parents first let you cross the street alone? If so, is this a bad thing? Read more… Slide Show Before the Storm Officials from New York City warned that the winter storm bearing down on the region this week could be one of the most powerful blizzards ever recorded. What would you do on a snow day? Read more… Government programs designed to help people through difficult economic times, like unemployment compensation and Section 8 housing, sometimes get criticized by those who believe recipients “have it easy.” Read more… Video Read more… Read more… Reader Idea | Student Opinion Questions as E.L.L. Writing Prompts. Photo This week we’ll be publishing three more great Reader Ideas, and hoping you’ll write in with your own. Below, a lesson plan from a language immersion program that has prepared over 2,000 students — speaking 45 different languages — for success in college.

Read how Steve Weisblatt’s E.L.L.’s express themselves in writing, then post a comment to tell us how you get your students writing. Teacher: Steve Weisblatt Institution and Grade Level: CUNY Language Immersion Program, City University of New York, York College, Jamaica, Queens, New York; first-time college students who are also English Language Learners.

Idea: The Learning Network’s Student Opinion questions serve as prompts for student writing that becomes preparation for a test of their English proficiency at the end of the one-year, non-credit program. What Mr. The Context The Process A new Student Opinion question appears every school day. Reflections on the Outcome — Steve Weisblatt Related Learning Network Resources. 10 Steps to Writing an Essay -- Step 1: Research. Step 1: Research Assuming you've been given a topic, or have narrowed it sufficiently down, your first task is to research this topic. You will not be able to write intelligently about a topic you know nothing about. To discover worthwhile insights, you'll have to do some patient reading. Read light sources, then thorough When you conduct research, move from light to thorough resources to make sure you're moving in the right direction.

Write down quotations As you read about your topic, keep a piece of paper and pen handy to write down interesting quotations you find. With print sources, you might put a checkmark beside interesting passages. Take a little from a lot You'll need to read widely in order to gather sources on your topic. If you're having trouble with research, you may want to read this Research FAQ. エッセイの書き方~文章の構成法|イーオン・オンライン英会話.