Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Plagiarism, Part Deux

While reviewing the past few posts, I realized that I never followed up on the plagiarism post. Well folks, you didn't ask for it, but here it is anyway.

I sat my language arts class down and gave them a lengthy lecture on plagiarism, which somehow devolved in music piracy and their respective criminal records (very scary, by the way). After reviewing the sanctity of the written word, I passed out the essays they had written with some portions circled. They were asked to rewrite the portions that were circled in their own words. Unh. I have a lump from banging my head against my desk. After countless repetitions and variations on "How should I say this," I had an original response.

"This is exactly how I would say it," says Miss Underachiever, throwing her paper on my desk.

"Then find another way to phrase it because those aren't your words," I reply, patiently.

"You don't know that."

"Yes, I do, " I smile, opening the reference book and pointing to the entry she blatantly copied.

"My father is a lawyer and he is going to sue you for libel!"

"See you in court." I probably should have resisted the little finger wave as I handed back her paper. At least it was all my fingers and not just the most significant one. What? I meant my RING finger.

And Miss Hypermammiferous? Well, I asked her what the word meant and, without blinking an eye, people, she replied, "Very energetic and mammal-loving." BWAHHHAHAHAHAHA.

Oh.my.gawd. I do so love my job.


Blogger jennyonthespot said...

Congratulations Jen!!! I am so excited you are doing this! You are a fabulous writer - you have some great material to work with!!! I just posted a long-'ol thing about you and your new adventure on my blog! I am so thrilled!!! I love you! Keep on rolling my friend!

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