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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The worst attempt at plagarism EVER

A couple days ago I assigned a poem to my students. They could follow a certain example format if they wished, they had to have similes and metaphors, etc. It's due tomorrow. The main thing is they are writing an extended metaphor comparing themselves to something else ("I am a mountain", "I am a shark", etc.).

I had a kid writing about a tiger. Great, except he tried to turn in "Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright" by William Blake today as his poem. My initial unsaid reaction was, "Do you think I'm STUPID?" We had to deal with it as a team, and he'll have three days of silent lunch with me over it and a lot of credit marked off his final project. Poor little 11-year-old kid was so upset when we talked to him as a team about it, but it got the point across.

Hopefully nothing like this will happen again. Well, of course it *will*, but hopefully nothing this obvious and terrible.

It's pretty hilarious now, and I hope you got a laugh out of it!