Last week, I gave an extra-credit assignment: do research on a dead famous person, or rewrite a fairy tale. It was due today.
Eighteen students turned in a research/biography paper.
FIFTEEN of them were either directly plagiarized or copied NEARLY word for word (It's pretty clear when there are words like 'tenure' or 'assiduous' sprinkled in there, from kids that can hardly write a five-paragraph essay correctly).
I am utterly incensed and am trying to figure out how to punish the children adequately. This cheating came from all three of my classes, from smart children to the...less-high-achieving.
I will certainly give them no credit at all; I am thinking about actually lowering their grades.
Certainly I will bring this to the AP and Principal. This is completely unacceptable!
My dear colleagues: any experience with this? Any suggestions for powerful punishments? Please help.