Last week, I assigned my freshmen a “Haiku Calendar” where they had to write a single haiku for each month of the year. It’s really not a lot to write, if you remember a haiku is only 3 lines long.
Well I’ve been working on grading them since I got them yesterday. Today, I read one and was sort of immediately suspect about it since some of the haikus contained words that I honestly do not know the definition of. If I - a voracious reader with a rather large vocabulary - don’t know these words, then chances are a freshman doesn’t.
So I came home tonight and Googled the first haiku, word for word. And what did I find in the amount of time it took to load the search page? EVERY. SINGLE. HAIKU. ON. G’S. PAGE.
G not only just plagiarized one haiku, G plagiarized every single haiku G turned in. I am not prepared to deal with plagiarism, at least not yet. Tomorrow, I will be having a talk with my CT about what he recommends I do, but I’m leaning toward a 0 for sure on the assignment, probable detention and possible letting the principal/dean know. But I want to talk with Scott first, although he’ll probably let me do whatever I think is best.
Welcome to the real world of teaching, I suppose.