Monday, April 7, 2008

Avoiding Plagiarism

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

Topic: Another approach to avoiding plagiarism

Title: Review of Preventing Plagiarism: Tips and Techniques. Laura Hennessey DeSena. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2007, 117 pp.

Summary: Author believes that most high school students come to college using what amounts to summaries of books or “book reports” as their method of responding to the literary works. Suggests that students “free-write” their responses to literary works, including analysis and reflection, beyond summarizing, that will enable them to identify a research project. Should help to eliminate the need for plagiarism as they work out their own project through the free-writing. L H DeSena. Reviewed in Teaching English in the Two-Year College (March 2008), 313-315. [By the way, my definition of “free writing” is to begin writing on a topic, then shifting to related topics, work them out, then shift again to other related topics.] RayS.]

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