Hey! Guess what!! I received a plagiarized essay today!
Sending me a plagiarized essay is just goofy.
Teachers who want to be certified to teach in New York State have to pass a certification test. Some of them like to take a test prep class, much like an SAT test prep class, before taking the test. I work for someone who teaches the test prep class. On the test, they’ll have to write an essay, so they are assigned three practice essays as part of the class.
My job is to read their essays and provide feedback. What part of it was good? What part was bad? Were there recurring grammatical errors? And so forth.
There is no grade for the test prep class. It’s purely for them to brush up on their own skills before taking the certification test. We take their money, give them our tips, and send them off to take the test.
So, I got an essay today from some guy. It was written pretty well, but I didn’t know if all of his facts were correct as I’m not an expert on political philosophers of the 1800s. (There’s an American history part of the test.) I figured I’d better double check his facts before delving into giving him feedback on his writing.
Lo and behold, I find his exact same essay on directessays.com. Word for word.
I sent him this email:
To tell you the truth, I don’t know a whole lot about Tyranny of the Majority. I’d never heard of it used in the Dred Scott case, so I researched your facts so that I could give you proper feedback.
Whoopsie for you that I did that.
Looks like you got your information from this website:
Now, I don’t mind you refreshing your memory about the topics before you settle down to write your essay, so I expect to see echoes of popular websites in the essays I assess. But your paper doesn’t have echoes. Your paper has direct cut and pastes from this essay. This means that what you sent me is not your writing at all and I’m not going to bother assessing some other guy’s essay. That doesn’t help you on the test.
At this point, you’re running out of time to practice for your test. So, unless you have a plan to sneak an essay into the testing center, you need to get going practicing writing your own work, or you’ll be in trouble on test day.
I’m sure Bridgette would say I’m being too nice to you. I’ll let her decide whether we should accept any more essays from you or not.
I guess I should change my picture on the test-prep class website to the witch picture after all. Or the glock one.
Picture of the Day
Tuna Helper for Dinner. Photographed by the light of the TV on the kitchen counter, which is where I ate dinner.
Darling Husband and the boys went to a camp out, so I got to stay home and eat orange food. And not a veggie in sight. ‘Course, carrots would have been welcome.