Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What is Plagiarism?

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary:
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Now that Mrs. Ranney's class is learning to research using the World Book Encyclopedia Online generously purchased from the PFC, it is important for everyone to understand how to share learning without just copying.
It is wrong to copy and paste! 

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How to share learning without becoming a plagiarist is tricky.
Step 1:   Read the passage completely.
Step 2:   Take notes on the interesting parts.
                  (IMPORTANT - Only write facts. Do not copy sentences.)

  • California
  • largest population
  • 33,871,648 people
Step 3:    Use the facts to compose your own sentences.
                   Now is a good time to add your opinion as you share.

Here are my own sentences using my California facts:

I was surprised to learn that my state, California, has the largest population of all fifty states. There are approximately  34 million California citizens. 

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Next week, our school will have National Geographic's
Giant Traveling Map of Asia. Use World Book Online to
 research some information about the Asian continent. 

How big is Asia in square miles?
What is the population?
How many countries? 
Pick an Asian country to learn about.
What are the highest and lowest points on the
What languages are spoken?
What bodies of water border Asia?
What animals are found in Asia?

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What would you like to learn about Asia? 

What did you learn about Asia from World Book?

Remember, to put the facts in your own words!


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I looked up Asia on World Book Online and I found out that some of the animals that live there are used for travel. Some are Water Buffalos, camels, reindeers, yaks, and elephants.

    Asia is home to the largest and some of the smallest countries. The largest is Russia. Some of the smallest ones are the Maltives, Singapore, and Bahrain.

    Did anyone else know that Asia has one third of the world's land mass?


    1. Dear Jackson,

      No, we did not know that Asia has one third of the world's land mass, but that's very interesting. Do you know Asia has lots of animals? Do you know any more animals that live in Asia?

      Have you ever been to Asia?

      Cheers, your Asia lovers,

      Shai,A.J.,and Maya

    2. Dear Jackson,

      I knew that Asia has one third of the world's land mass.
      Jackson, have you ever been to Asia?
      What have you seen there? If you have not been there, what would you like to see?

      (: Rain :)

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I researched Asia and found two interesting facts that I want to share with you.

    Asia’s coastline is 80,205 miles long, while the North American coastline is 190,000 miles long. Asia’s largest city (based on population) is Mumbai, India with 11,914,398 people, and North America’s largest city (based on population) is Mexico City, Mexico with 8,591,309 people!

    What other interesting facts have learned?

    Your Asia loving student,



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