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Our Japanese teacher assigned her advanced students to read a contemporary
fiction novel (in English) by a Japanese author.  We have a small but nice
collection in our library. Each student was to choose a different novel.
Today, the teacher asked me to read the reports because English is not her
first language and it is a bit of a struggle for her to read, comprehend
and assess English usage.  She wanted a second opinion.  There are only
four papers.  I don't mind helping, although I've never graded a "book
report" or paper before.  However, I do know high school students.  Two of
the papers came straight from, one paraphrased and the other a
straight cut and paste. ARGH!!!

Now, aside from the whole messy academic dishonesty problem that clearly
needs to be addressed, how could one create an assignment that would
demonstrate a) having actually read the work in question and b) show
thoughtful and reflective thinking about the work?

Thanks for any suggestions!  Lisa

Lisa Nocita, LMS
The Barstow School
11511 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 64114

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