Module Four Lesson Two Assignment
NCVPS Leadership Development
Okay class, time to work on your essays for To Kill a Mockingbird.
Oh.. I'm just reading over Kathleen's essay. I'm having some trouble with mine and wanted to see what she had written.
What are you doing Mary?
Hey Kathleen! I just wanted to let you know that while you were gone, Mary came over and looked at your essay. I think that she took pictures of it with her phone. I'm afraid she's going to plagiarize your work.
Oh my gosh!! Thanks for letting me know Sarah!!
Mary, Kathleen, and Sarah are all students in Ms. Jeffrey's English class at Central Grove High School. The students are working on writing an essay about a novel that they recently read in class, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Hey Mary! Sarah told me that you came over to my desk when I was in the restroom and took pictures of my essay. Is that true?
I did Kathleen. I'm so sorry. I feel so guilty. I've just been so busy with my clubs and with sports that I haven't had very much time to work on the essay. I figured I could use your essay to get some ideas. I promise I won't do it again, and I'll go to talk to Ms. Jeffrey about it and see if I can rewrite it.
Fifteen minutes into class, Kathleen has to use the restroom. She excuses herself. While she is gone and while Ms. Jeffrey's isn't looking, Mary pulls out her phone and takes a picture of Kathleen's essay, which she left open on her laptop.
Hey Ms. Jeffrey. I just wanted to let you know that I copied some of my essay from Kathleen's paper. I was in a time crunch and needed to complete the assignment. I understand that plagiarism is wrong and I feel really bad. Can I please rewrite the essay for partial credit?
Later on in the class, Mary goes to use the restroom. Sarah goes over to Kathleen at her desk and explains what Mary did while Kathleen was gone using the restroom.
I learned that you should never plagiarize anyone's work. It is ethically wrong and unfair. I was lucky that Kathleen and Ms. Jeffrey gave me a chance to learn from my mistake and I will never consider plagiarizing anyone's work ever again.
Later during the school day, Kathleen sees Mary at lunch. She decides to pull her aside in the lunchroom and ask her about what she did earlier in English class.
It's okay Mary. I understand. Just go talk to Ms. Jeffrey and promise that you won't do anything like that again to anyone.
After school, Mary went to talk to Ms. Jeffrey about what she had done regarding the essay. She felt guilty and decided to explain the whole situation.
Plagiarism is wrong Mary and I am very disappointed that you would do something like that. However, I appreciate your telling me the truth about the situation. I will let you rewrite the essay but only for half-credit.
Thank you so much Ms. Jeffrey. I will never plagiarize anyone's work ever again. I promise. I've learned my lesson!
Mary rewrote her essay and received half-credit for the assignment. She never even thought about plagiarizing work ever again. Kathleen and Mary remained friends and both learned about integrity through the experience.
I learned that it is important to stand up for yourself and advocate for what you believe is ethical. If I wouldn't have stood up for myself in this situation, Mary would have received credit for my writing, which isn't fair. It is important to stand up for what you believe is ethically right when faced with challenges to your integrity.