Lesson Plan: Turnitin.com


  • Students will create a student account on Turnitin.com
  • Students will review our library’s Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) and re-learn how to access eBooks via InfoBase and databases, familiarizing themselves with the passwords in the process.
  • Students will learn to enrol in a class site on Turnitin and to submit assignments to a dropbox.
  • Students will learn essential self advocacy skills when dealing with Turnitin dropbox settings.


  • An effective communicator who presents information and ideas clearly and honestly with sensitively to others.
  • A collaborative contributor who respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others.

MINDS’ ON: Students are asked to go to http://www.turnitin.com and create an account. Students are reminded NOT to select account re-set questions that are overly personal. For example, they are not to provide their SIN or their mother’s maiden name as password reset questions. Both these questions are options.

ACTION: Students are to write a paragraph on a predetermined question, created in collaboration with the classroom teacher, usually dealing with their novel or drama study. They are to access secondary sources, literary criticism and/or academic journals through our library’s eBooks provider, InfoBase or our databases accessible through OPAC. They are asked to deliberately plagiarize sections and submit their “test paragraphs” via the Turnitin dropbox created by their classroom teacher.

CONSOLODATION: Students will review and compare the results of Turnitin’s “Authenticity Check.” They will learn to ask specific questions of their current teacher and of their future professors; questions like:

  1. Is it possible for me to see the results of the authenticity check?
  2. Is it possible for me to make corrections and re-submit my assignment based on the results of the authenticity check?
  3. Will you be including content included in quotation marks as well as content not included in quotation marks in the authenticity report?
  4. What constitutes “small matches” in your Turnitin dropbox?

A key learning for students and teachers will be that the use of Turnitin’s “Authenticity Check” in our secondary school setting will be for learning more about what constitutes as plagiarism. Applying Turnitin on any blended learning dropbox is not intended to be punitive. Turnitin can be a wonderful teaching tool for secondary students if it is used correctly.


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