Plagiarism (and avoiding it!)
If you intend to pursue a career or an education, you must not plagiarize.
Plagiarism is theft.
Plagiarism is stealing somebody’s idea or words without giving credit to that person. If you do not clearly tell your
audience that you were not the person who came up with it, your audience will believe that the idea was yours.
You are stealing credit for another’s work.
In the real world, people who plagiarize are punished. The same is true in high school andcollege. Do not risk your
academic standing by not carefully and completely citing your sources. Please refer to the Student-Parent
Handbook for St. Luke School’s policy on Academic Integrity,including plagiarism.
In order to help St. Luke 8th graders understand plagiarism and how to avoid it, they will complete the tutorial below and be tested on the material. We will discuss specifically how to avoid plagiarism on Current Event assignments and on National History Day research.
Students worked through the tutorial below at school, but should feel free to download it and work through it again at home or use it as a reference when completing assignments.
The tutorial and quiz were used with permission and adapted to St. Luke School.
Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz developed by Michelle Kramer and Sherri Miller for the Mount Lebanon School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.