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Re: Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0803  Sunday, 6 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Joanne Gates <
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        Date:   Friday, 4 Sep 1998 15:31:43 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0796  Re: Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges

[2]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Sunday, September 6, 1998
        Subj:   Student Questions


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From:           Joanne Gates <
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Date:           Friday, 4 Sep 1998 15:31:43 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 9.0796  Re: Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0796  Re: Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges

Perhaps before we leave this topic, it is useful for all who teach to
know about <http://www.termpapers-on-file.com/termpapers/shakespe.htm>

What is the best way to discourage desperate students in light of this,
which appears to be an over-priced, electronified version of the type of
service that used to be offered via ads at the back of college
newspapers?

I am lucky in that upperlevel classes in Shakespeare are held (!) to 30
students.  It's hardly seminar size, but neither is it mass lecture hall
instruction.  Still, I work hard to make sure that I have seen a written
proposal before I approve a paper topic. Almost everyone in a section
has a unique assignment, within general guidelines and options.

We might learn a lot from writing instructors who teach research papers
as process, who teach students how to log the evolutions of their own
ideas of the plays and be responsible about identifying influences.  Or
find ways that students must locate the full article sources of most
works they cite. To me, a refutation of a single scholarly article is a
much better critical thinking exercise than even an original version of
one of these types of papers that packages a requisite number of sources
and broad thematic points.

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Sunday, September 6, 1998
Subject:        Student Questions

I have received many private messages with suggestions about how I
should handle student questions like the ones I posted to the list last
week. The respondents universally were grateful that I suppressed these
questions. Some just said I should continue to ignore them in good
conscience. Others still found merit in some of them and in particular
in that students were at least asking questions and suggested I
establish a "junior" SHAKSPER list or a website for posting these
questions. Finally, on Saturday, Dale Lyles <
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me,

>If you will forward the elementary, middle, and high school requests to me at
><
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>their on.

Dale is a frequent contributor to SHAKSPER and a member of the SHAKSPER
Advisory Board. He is a librarian, media specialist at East Coweta High
School in Sharpsburg, GA, and has for the past twenty plus years been
artistic director of the Newnan Community Theatre Company
[http://shenandoah.peachnet.edu/~dlyles/nctc/nctc.html].

I have accepted Dale's kind offer. It is clear that Dale has the
background and tact to direct these students to the resources to locate
the answers to their questions. In doing so, Dale will be extending the
usefulness of SHAKSPER as an international forum for things
Shakespearean.

Thank you Dale.

This, however, is not the end of the story. This morning I received a
similar offer from Naomi Kirby <
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Australia, formerly of New Orleans. Naomi is an English and Latin
teacher. I also thank Naomi for her kind offer, and if Dale needs any
assistance, he has a volunteer in Naomi.

Hardy
 

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