Plagiarism in English class

Professors are worried about students plagiarizing essays about Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.”

Here’s an idea: come up with an original paper topic and maybe your students will write original papers.

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5 Responses to Plagiarism in English class

  1. Anne says:

    No kidding.

  2. Doug Hoffman says:

    Yup. Stop teaching the same old shit.

    My sis (a high school English teacher) sent me the 9th grade honors English curriculum for my son. Get this: they’re still teaching A Separate Peace. So many great works of literature out there, and they insist on trotting out that old dog.

  3. Michele says:

    HA hahahahahahahaHAAA!

    See, here’s the problem. Teaching new shit actually requires WORKING and not complaining about the fact that you signed up for a job where you have to read a bunch of CRAP that kids write while they learn how to read, write, and THINK.

    (I’m a high school teacher, I can totally point and laugh at my colleagues.)

    I {heart} Word Munger. Big air kisses! *mwah*

  4. dave says:

    Michele, je t’aime aussi!

    I do think it’s okay to complain, as long as you actually, y’know, do your job!

    As someone who lasted exactly one year teaching freshman comp, I’m not sure I have the right to complain. But I can say I never repeated an essay topic …

    And Anne, when are we going to get a baby update on Fernham? (no rush, but I did happily notice you’re back online!)

  5. Anne says:

    Soon, soon, soon. She is an angel. I still have to finish grading from the spring. And we’re *moving* this week (just six blocks away)…

    She loves being awake from 4AM to 8AM… I don’t. Still, she’s a gem.

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