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FML - The follow-up

Today, my teacher used an online program and accused me of plagiarism. According to the program, I plagiarized my own last name. FML

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Surprised this got posted guess it's twenty times the charm. So yes this fml needs a ton of explanation. The program my teacher used is turn it in. My percentage of plagiarism is 22%. Some of what is highlighted as plagiarism is my works cited and my last name, there's also some parts of sentences that are apparently plagiarized also. The paper was on historical events so much of what is highlighted are dates, names, and events. The things that my teacher said were "word from word from turn it in" were descriptions of historical events and similar things, and they were phrases, not whole sentences. When I looked at the source of plagiarism my words were apparently copied from a website I've never heard of, a student paper that I'm pretty sure is from another state, and a website I did use as a source in my paper and did cite. I did not plagiarize my paper, I spent a whole week writing it and a good portion of my weekend editing it. The most frustrating thing is that many people from my class spit out a paper two hours before it was due and got a higher grade. I am planning to talk to my teacher after school and clear this up. It's pretty ridiculous because in all my 12 years of school I've never been accused of this sooo I'm hoping my teacher will be able to understand. To clear up the meaning of the FML, I was trying to say that my teacher basically used some program on the Internet to accuse me of plagiarism that just highlights anything that is remotely similar to something else, which resulted in a higher percentage of plagiarism. Hopefully this explanation wasn't too confusing and this cleared everything up!
By zoegirl_455 / Wednesday 9 April 2014 21:57 / United States - San Francisco
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  FML64128  |  33

Yeah we don't want to foster bad habits because they only get worse. And then who has to put up with the terrible, headache-inducing writing? We do. Just look around, people make corrections on FML all the time. That's not to say you need to jump sometimes shit for a typo, because some people are typing on mobile phones and autocorrect is always a factor. This is a common enough error that we want to err on the side of caution.

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  Kalipczo  |  36

If the teacher is going to accuse someone of plagiarism you'd think they'd print out some evidence first. You don't just accuse for the sake of accusing, plagiarism is a big deal.

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  mattjamt  |  36

95% of schools that use plagiarizing programs use "TurnItIn", in which case, you can be marked for plagiarizing, but unless there is a 20% plagiarism rate for your paper, you are not considered to be plagiarizing. So it's more likely the name was one part, but he got marked for plagiarism on more than just the name.

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  FML64128  |  36

That's not quite true. Turn it in has a variable plagiarism rate to be set by the instructor. The default is 20%, but I can see how someone who might not understand basic math setting the trigger lower.

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  chinaski7628  |  36

I've used turnitin.com for my students and have had problems with it. It's marked my students for plagiarism when they've correctly quoted and cited sources. Also, if too many students write a similar intro or thesis statement, it will flag it. You can change the settings, but I prefer to use my common sense-- if you know your students and their writing well enough you know their writing style. And when in doubt, google the phrase you think they plagiarized. Much simpler.

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  Durantye  |  36

Yeah well kudos to you for being one of the few teachers that don't do the bare minimum. Unfortunately a lot of teachers just do what they have to and some times not even that.

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  ItsATwinThing  |  36

My sister wrote an essay on vampires in film. The teacher accused her several times of plagiarism when it wasn't. He then asked her what certain words meant because he obviously thought she didn't actually know what they meant, well she told him. Some teachers don't know their students well enough to know their writing or what they are capable of.

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  Scynistr  |  42

Let me give you one of the many keys to the internet.. If something sounds so stupid that you can't believe how stupid it sounds... It's likely sarcasm.

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  emily4040  |  44

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