Mrs. O'Reilly's English Class Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Anne Frank
Now that the first day of speeches had concluded, I need to share a few observations with you. As is the case each year, I was so impressed by the quality of some of the speeches. They were interesting, informative, and thought-provoking. I was especially inspired by those of you who ventured outside of your comfort zone and rose to the occasion.
It was easy to see, however, that many of you did not heed my warnings regarding citing and plagiarism. Much of the writing that was offered today was taken from online websites and articles; the material was presented as if it was your own. It was clear to see that some of the speakers today did not even know the meanings of the words used in their own speeches.
As I explained in class, in most educational settings, the consequence of plagiarism is not only a zero on the project, but can also result in disciplinary action as well. I am choosing to view this as a teachable moment.
I am going to wait to grade the written speech. Any student who wishes to rectify the plagiarism currently present in his/her speech may do so over the break. All students are free to make additional changes as well. On Thursday, March 9th, all students will post the final draft to Google Classroom. I will grade the written speech at that time.
Sincerely, Emily O’Reilly
We will act with kindness, empathy, and accountability.