Plagiarism

INFORMATION FOR ESSAY #4

In a short essay, you will take a stand on plagiarism. You will argue for or against cheating on writing assignments. As you work on this essay, think about these questions: Are there circumstances under which you can imagine a student hiring another person to do school work for them? What might these circumstances be? Are there legitimate circumstances under which you can imagine a student hiring another person to do school work for them? How might the teacher be responsible for creating such an environment of cheating?

Nuts and Bolts
3 full pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 1” margins, MLA style
Works Cited page with at least two credible sources
Your writing will be assessed using the rubric attached to the syllabus

Suggestions
This essay will be challenging for a number of reasons. First, you will need to make a clear claim that you back up with evidence and a clear line of reasoning. Second, you will need to establish your credibility as an author as you write a process where credibility is inherently under scrutiny.
Think strategically about organization and development. How should I present my argument in order to convince my audience that my position is valid? How do I make sure that I back up each idea with enough evidence and explanation?
As we saw in the readings for today, plagiarism, in many ways, is not a black and white issue. Make sure that you acknowledge this in your essay. You don’t want to come off as being uninformed with the complexities of the issue—that will hurt your credibility as a researcher and writer.

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