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Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas Part Three

We featured lesson ideas to improve student engagement and encourage better writing practices with the following classroom activities in the first and second part of our Summer Learning Lesson Ideas series.

Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning, so this month, we’ve provided more creative and fun lesson ideas for students that add an extra instructional punch to promote feedback or teach plagiarism. Let us know what you think and how you can take what we’ve created and build on it!

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Lesson Idea #7: Voice Comments Workshop

  1. Challenge:My students aren’t interested the feedback they receive on their work.
  2. Idea:Use Turnitin’s voice comments to spark a classroom discussion on whether voice feedback is engaging or not. Encourage your students to share their honest thoughts. Understand and identify what types of feedback resonates for your students.
  3. ‏Goal:Empower students to be more involved in their learning by having them analyze what modes of feedback are effective for them and encourage students to actually use the feedback they get.

Related: 3 Things to Think About When Creating Voice Comments


How to Implement in the Classroom:

  1. Start providing Turnitin voice comments on student papers.
  2. ‏Ask the class to come up with a list of aspects that make feedback effective and engaging for them.
  3. Have students share the aspect of feedback that makes it effective. Use this opportunity to get students thinking about what makes feedback effective.
  4. Alternatively, you can issue a quick survey to gauge if students like the feedback, read the feedback, and find the feedback more effective than other types of feedback.



Lesson Idea #8: Teaching Plagiarism Ethics with “Decisions on Deadline”

  1. Challenge:My students zone out once I start talking about plagiarism and the importance of original work.
  2. Idea:Students today want their learning experiences to be interactive, creative, and social. Instead of doing the same-old “academic integrity” talk, try this role-playing game that equips students to process ethical decisions that they may encounter in their professional lives.
  3. Goal:Use these classroom improvisation exercises to get students to actually understand the importance of integrity beyond the classroom and in their future professional careers.

Webcast Recording: Decisions on Deadline


How to Implement in the Classroom:

  1. At the beginning of the semester, watch the webcast and/or start playing the game.
  2. ‏After 15 minutes of playing the game, start a discussion about any topic regarding plagiarism, ethics, or journalism with your students and divide them into groups. In their groups, have them discuss that question.
  3. Open up the discussion to the class as a whole, and talk about lessons learned playing the game.
  4. Use this opportunity to link the game to the real-world and the classroom and emphasize the importance of integrity here and now.



Lesson Idea #9: WriteCheck Plagiarism Quiz

  1. Challenge: My students don’t know anything about plagiarism. They think as long as they didn’t copy word for word, they’re ok.
  2. Idea: Use the WriteCheck Plagiarism Quiz to challenge students’ understanding of plagiarism. Highlight specific questions and angles of plagiarism and discuss it in the classroom.
  3. Goal: Help students realize that plagiarism goes beyond copying a whole paper. Plagiarism incorporates the intent of the writer, the original ideas and structure of the original text, as well as attribution and citation practices.


How to Implement in the Classroom:

  1. Have students take the Plagiarism Quiz.
  2. ‏Discuss with students the questions they thought were easy and the questions they thought were hard.
  3. Use this opportunity to broaden a student’s understanding of plagiarism and help them understand that plagiarism is a term that incorporates intent, structure and citation practices.
  4. From the discussion, create a game plan or checklist to improve students’ understanding of these different topic areas of plagiarism.

Lastly, if there are any lesson ideas or plans you’d like to share, or if you’d like to build on some of the ideas we’ve shared here, please email ten@turnitin.com. Hope you can take what we’ve created, build on it, and share it with your community!