CLARK — Seniors in all English classes at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark are required to complete an intensive research paper as a graduation requirement. During the fourth marking period, School Library Media Specialist Kate Ryan has worked with nearly every senior English class to aid the students in finding resources, refining topics, and creating citations.
“Senior paper time is a very busy time in the school library” said Ms. Ryan. “All of our best resources are utilized, from print materials to eBooks, and I enjoy helping students understand how to properly cite the academic sources they use,” she added. During the research process, students learn about the importance of academic integrity and how to avoid unintentional plagiarism, which is a common pitfall in today’s digital society. “Students grow to appreciate the importance of copyrights and intellectual ownership, which will help them in their future academic endeavors,” said Ryan.
In the picture above, School Library Media Specialist Kate Ryan uses the 1988 Joe Biden plagiarism scandal as an example for the high school seniors completing a research assignment. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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