Credit Check

Digital Citizen
clipboard with 4 checked off items


Students understand the importance of giving credit to others for their work. They also realize how to receive credit for their own digital creations.

Students will be directed to an informational article and/or video on different content areas & will be asked to use a note-taking chart to give credit for the author’s work & to restate in their own words. This chart can be used in any content area and for any “research” the student needs to do.

Students will:

  • Understand plagiarism, copyright, credit.
  • Be able to know that when using other’s information, they must give credit as well as use it in their own way.  
  • Understand it is important for them to also get credit for their OWN work, and they deserve the same respect.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Credit: Credit is giving acknowledgement to the person who has created a piece of work.

  2. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of some or all of somebody’s work or ideas, and saying that you created it

  3. Copyright: Copyright is a law that gives permission to the creators to say what others can do with their work.

To prepare for this activity:

  • Pre-planning will include lessons that are taught in content areas.

  • Watch the brief video tutorial (Creativity, Copyright and Fair Use) from Common Sense Media.

  • Make a copy of the Credit Check worksheet for your students. You may modify this as needed for your students. 

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Teacher assigns informational article/video from the content area being used.
  2. Teacher instructs students on how to copy & paste information into the “Note-Taking form” and how words, as well as images/videos used, need credit to be given to the “author.
  3. Teacher models with students how to put information in their own words and/or to give credit where it is due.
  4. Have the students use this teacher created chart. It can be modified/adapted to any content area. (Create your own Copy by going to File>Make a Copy. 

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • (Teacher-Created Note chart...can be used for before, during, & for any type of informational reports--can also be used for assessment purposes)
  • Spotlight sharing of work.  

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Digital Citizen
2c. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Common Sense Media Video

Teacher Created Chart



Prior work with opinion essays for support of data, information, etc. Works well with biographies as well as any informational writing pieces.

Can cross connect with physical education, music & art.

Any content used within curriculum for information searches

Any content used within curriculum for information searches.

This task card was created by Denise Gallemore, Marysville Public Schools. January 2018. Updated February 2023.