In the writing assignment here, I assigned this paper to my 120 students. Here is the breakdown:
Of the 60 who turned in the assignment:
In 7 of them, at least 50% of the content in it was plagiarized from internet sources (I use turnitin.com to catch plagiarism, and the students know it, so I don’t understand how they think they will get away with it)
A or B: 15
C level work: 19
D level work: 20
Zero for cheating (plagiarism): 7
53 of them did not even attempt the assignment and got a zero
7 turned the assignment in at least three days late, and had their grade reduced accordingly
To help the kids, I have a class website, where:
I post the rubric that I use to grade the papers. This rubric tells the kids exactly what criteria I use for grading. They all know EXACTLY what they need to do in order to get a decent grade.
I post a sample of an A level paper, so they know what one looks like.
I post the requirements for the paper, including the due date and the website where they are to submit the paper. Even so, I still get parents who email me and complain that their precious snowflake wasn’t aware of the (due date, late policy, plagiarism policy, method of citing another’s work, or other requirement) and can’t I make an exception?
It has gotten to the point where I have to have the students sign a paper saying that they are aware of the class requirements. Last week, I had a parent go all legal on me and try to say that a child’s signature on the paper is meaningless because children can’t enter contracts. Another said to me, “So what, no one actually reads that stuff before they sign it.”