INT640 Lesson plan: Honesty in academic writing

I wrote this lesson plan and delivered this lesson in response to discovering and investigating plagiarism in the Linguistics of ASL course in which I did a practicum (INT353). I had wanted to teach the lesson on vague language, but the course professor and I decided the students were not ready for the subject. This lesson was an opportunity to teach ethics and professional practice and turn a negative (plagiarism) into a positive (academic honesty).

I made sure to engage the students with questions about their thoughts and feelings about plagiarism and, conversely, academic honesty. I challenged them to rethink both sides when I framed the questions, “What are the consequences of academic dishonesty?” and “What are the consequences of academic honesty?” I delivered my lesson in ASL and I used the sign CONSEQUENCE like the sign RESULT with a C handshape instead of an R. I have seen the word consequences signed PUNISH but I deliberately did not use that sign. Still, it seemed to throw the students’ minds to think of the “consequences” of honest writing — which I think makes for a great teaching opportunity — and I helped them a bit by faceting CONSEQUENCE with GIFT, AWARD. It is interesting to me that I got the sense that it was different for them to think of their being consequences to honesty. I got one or two students to come up and say things like, “A good grade” or “Being published,” which is what I wanted them to learn. I felt this lesson went very well. I created the slideshow but did not show all the slides because it was more important to me that we have a dialogue than that I deliver a monologue with slides. Instead of showing all the slides, I posted them on Moodle in a special forum called Daniel’s Tidbits (INT353) in which I gave the students bits and pieces of educational materials and my own thoughts and analyses. This posting resulted in a discussion with six replies. After I taught the lesson, Elisa (the course professor) expressed her admiration and was even inspired to revisit her curriculum for the next term. She wrote to me:

I thought the lesson went extremely well and you handled the fact that nothing went the way you probably expected with grace and tact. I took some notes as I work on revising the syllabus. Some essential question I will include are:

  • Why write?
  • Why the conciseness of a 2-page chapter review?
  • Why cite? Why APA?
  • Why not an academic ASL submission? How do you cite in a vlog?
  • How do audiences differ for an ASL or a written English submission
  • What is the application to real life?

I really appreciate the sample you provided on Moodle, the quick posting of the powerpoint and the exercise.






Comments welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: