Busted! I Got Caught Plagiarizing My Homework

  • Published: 05 February 2019
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    Naomi was always a good student, and took her classwork seriously, and her grades. At the end of middle school, in eight grade English class, the teacher gave them a creative writing assignment. Their homework was to be a real writer and go home and write a poem to present to the rest of the class.

    The teacher gave the class three weeks to really think about it and work on it and write the poem, but for Naomi it was just three long weeks of procrastinating. She just couldn't pull any of her ideas together.

    She really couldn't think of anything, and either she was bad at writing poems, or like a lot of famous writers, she just had writer's block. No matter what, she was unmotivated and uninspired and this had grown into way more than just a homework assignment - it overwhelmed her.

    Finally, with just a day left, she went on Google and looked up poems and famous writers, because, well, she wanted to cheat. She knew plagiarism was wrong, and she had never copied any famous writers before or plagiarized anything, but she was frustrated and desperate, and, at the time, she didn't think she'd get caught.

    The one key fact that she conveniently forgot was that at her school (and probably most schools) the teachers were very big on doing your own original work and never copying, or cheating on tests or homework, or stealing other people's ideas. Plagiarizing, especially copying a famous writer for your homework, was a major offense. But, she wasn't thinking about getting caught, she was just thinking about getting her homework assignment done.

    She searched around on Google and found the perfect poem by a perfectly famous writer. She changed a coupe of words here and there - not that that did much good - and she just went ahead and printed up and turned it in.

    The next day in class the teacher went around handing the poems back to the class BUT she skipped Naomi. It was pretty clear, she got caught and there was nothing she could do. Then the teacher asked her to join her in the hall and that was that. She burst into tears and was so embarrassed and ashamed of herself for plagiarizing and copying a famous writer. She got busted.

    She got a referral, which is like part of your permanent school record, and lunchtime detention for a week, but her teacher was really sweet and understanding. Naomi just crumbled under the pressure and made a super bad choice. Her teacher said she could take another try and write a new original poem and that she would just deduct ten points from the grade for her little brush with plagiarism and getting caught.

    Her dad was really upset about it and he gave her a long talking to, and the detention gave her a lot of time to think about it. She learned her lesson - never copy other people's work or plagiarize - and to just breathe and put in the work and effort.

    She worked really hard to make sure her next poem was good, but also didn't get all crazy about it, and she really liked what she wrote and got a good grade on it too!


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Comments • 8 570

  • AC 48
    AC 48  5 hours back

    My school is also terribly strict with plagiarism like to the point there is an assigned group to address this

    • That one Pastel Girl
      That one Pastel Girl  7 hours back

      Roses are red violets are blue, but some people say they are purple too

      • lenny 11
        lenny 11  1 days back

        Fuck you bich

        • Jerry Lopez
          Jerry Lopez  1 days back

          Haha someone did the same thing with the same poem

          • kjowe bravo
            kjowe bravo  1 days back

            Lunch detention for three days if I had it for 10 weeks

            • Kaleela Edwards
              Kaleela Edwards  2 days back

              My friend plagarized in English.
              He plagerized it.
              *The dude literally went on wickipedia and copied everything, different colour*

              • VanillaLatte
                VanillaLatte  4 days back

                There’s this site called ‘essaytyper.com’ and you enter in what essay you want written and spam random letters and then an essay is written!

                • • Cloudy_wings• •Animation studio •

                  *Roses are red
                  Sapphires are blue
                  I went down stares
                  And had the blues
                  Only because I was sad
                  Made others really mad
                  They wanted to laugh and play
                  Yet I just wanted to sit inside all day
                  It’s only best for me and you
                  To try and not get the blues
                  The reason why I wanted to cry
                  Was because “I got something in my eye”
                  No I’m just lying
                  I had fine dinning
                  What was wrong with me?
                  Oh you will see
                  I tripped and fell
                  Stumbled and sobbed
                  And then I went home and went to the mall
                  With all my friends together never ends
                  My blues whipped away all the day
                  And now I’m happy as my hamster named flappy
                  So don’t catch the blues
                  Or you will give others it too*

                  -a poem written my me

                  • talha shah
                    talha shah  5 days back

                    There was an tik tok ad and the guy was like give me the oreo give me thw oreo

                    • Amy Sesati
                      Amy Sesati  5 days back

                      Oh okay all I have to do is put effort and believe in meh self!? Oh okay I did that on my math test and got a 21% >:c

                      • Kirsty Burston
                        Kirsty Burston  5 days back

                        Rekt noob

                        • _ q l f i n a * n q y l a * _

                          Once in my juniour high school my class got an assignment to write a fantasy story. Ya know,stories that are made up.
                          And we probably got a month to finish it. But as usual,i procrastinated and did the assignment on the last few weeks. Although,i didn't plaguarize. My story was a bit weird but nontheless i tried my best. What made me angry though was that the majority of my class just copied and pasted their stories from another famous fantasy story and changed a few words.

                          • Ali. VLOG
                            Ali. VLOG  6 days back

                            You're right when you put in a hard work so I really help you so you have to do hard work ok that's the lesson for this video right and I guess the punishment did you fall is to not eat

                            • pinkburberry
                              pinkburberry  7 days back

                              Every year, we have Nevada Reading Week. It always involves Poem In Your Pocket. I always think of awesome poems

                              • Sylvia The dragon lord
                                Sylvia The dragon lord  1 weeks back

                                I would write a poem about being bad at writing poems

                                • Mia Cernelic
                                  Mia Cernelic  1 weeks back

                                  Wath abaut you family

                                  • R o s e b u b b l e s
                                    R o s e b u b b l e s  1 weeks back

                                    Wait is it illegal?

                                    • Vegan Caillou
                                      Vegan Caillou  1 weeks back

                                      Her:gets three weeks to do a poem

                                      My teacher: you have thirty minutes in class to make a poem

                                      • Lan Kai
                                        Lan Kai  1 weeks back

                                        I should show to video to my classmate from 1st grade.

                                        Maybe she will now understand I hate her.

                                        • Himmentrodorn
                                          Himmentrodorn  1 weeks back

                                          you will get in less trouble if you do badly than if you were caught plagiarizing.

                                          • Nosagames Nosagames
                                            Nosagames Nosagames  1 weeks back

                                            if should could of at least give credit to the person who made the poem and the ideas eh

                                            • Liv_bloxburg
                                              Liv_bloxburg  1 weeks back

                                              you know if you don't get it you can always ask a friend or teacher

                                              • KianThe Noob
                                                KianThe Noob  2 weeks back


                                                The sky is blue
                                                Clocks can be white
                                                Capes can be red
                                                What happened to colors?
                                                Hit the like button now

                                                • EsmèPlyz Roblox
                                                  EsmèPlyz Roblox  2 weeks back

                                                  My Texas history teacher is mostly the one who cares about plagiarism

                                                  • duigamer 384
                                                    duigamer 384  2 weeks back

                                                    If you want to plagiarism find some unpopular thing

                                                    • Boris Bilic
                                                      Boris Bilic  2 weeks back

                                                      In your school that is ok if you cheat veri nice😎👌😎👌😎👌

                                                      • Karo Karo
                                                        Karo Karo  2 weeks back

                                                        Detention for copying off google? I do that for every assigned lmao

                                                        • inaomi _xcxm
                                                          inaomi _xcxm  2 weeks back

                                                          mY nAmE

                                                          • Harry Robinson
                                                            Harry Robinson  2 weeks back

                                                            Jeez you got way over punished there is nothing rong with cheeting

                                                            • Cireya Daley
                                                              Cireya Daley  2 weeks back

                                                              Help a sis out subscribe to my channel 👏

                                                              • Dilcia Bonilla
                                                                Dilcia Bonilla  2 weeks back

                                                                Hey my real name is Naomi

                                                                • Fireafy299
                                                                  Fireafy299  2 weeks back

                                                                  Uhh what is plagiarism?

                                                                  • Lychee Shadow
                                                                    Lychee Shadow  2 weeks back

                                                                    Our teacher said to make a poem and barely anyone tried til the teacher said it’s due

                                                                    • Zoe K
                                                                      Zoe K  3 weeks back

                                                                      DUDE MY NAME IS NAOMI TOO!!!

                                                                      • graham hambat2
                                                                        graham hambat2  3 weeks back

                                                                        Roses are red violets are blue and whi plagiarized I guess it was you

                                                                        • Naomi Dominguez Milovich

                                                                          WAIT WHATS HERE NAME!!??

                                                                          • Justin Oilver
                                                                            Justin Oilver  3 weeks back

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                                                                            • Alina Liu
                                                                              Alina Liu  3 weeks back

                                                                              It somehow got from plagiarizing as the vid I was looking at

                                                                              And then the sidebar with more vids is like
                                                                              IM SLOWLY TURNING INTO A TREE DORY STORY
                                                                              Just...how does it get from plagiarizing to that???

                                                                              • The Nat is back
                                                                                The Nat is back  3 weeks back

                                                                                She could have written a poem about....
                                                                                Being bad at writing poems!
                                                                                Easy A or B, and it would avoid all terrible conclusions!😉

                                                                                • Hilda Gutierrez
                                                                                  Hilda Gutierrez  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I am bad too

                                                                                  • Just Some Guy Without Hair

                                                                                    You could just get inspired, but they would say it's plagiarism.

                                                                                    • Cutely_Ashley
                                                                                      Cutely_Ashley  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Just Some Guy Without Hair yeah but copy the whole thing tho? Atleast copy the stuff you need.

                                                                                  • Haiku kitten
                                                                                    Haiku kitten  4 weeks back

                                                                                    OMG THAT'S YEAR 3 WORK. WE MADE POEMS WHEN WE WERE IN YEAR 3

                                                                                    • Juju's Techniques
                                                                                      Juju's Techniques  4 weeks back

                                                                                      You totally did the right thing of coping the poem except you should have copied a poem that no one would choose!

                                                                                      • Camila VILDOSO BUSTAMANTE

                                                                                        :'V U had 3 weeks to do a poem?!
                                                                                        My school only gives 1 day TwT

                                                                                        • vaporish
                                                                                          vaporish  4 weeks back

                                                                                          That’s why you go on the second page of google

                                                                                          • TerrariaKing 213
                                                                                            TerrariaKing 213  4 weeks back

                                                                                            As for me well.. I just suck at writing (as in making a story and poetry)

                                                                                            • Julia Christian
                                                                                              Julia Christian  4 weeks back

                                                                                              You could have asked the teacher for help

                                                                                              • Emmie G
                                                                                                Emmie G  4 weeks back

                                                                                                My favorite poem:

                                                                                                Nature’s first green is gold
                                                                                                Her hardest hue to hold
                                                                                                Her early leaf’s a flower
                                                                                                But only so an hour
                                                                                                Then leaf subsides to leaf
                                                                                                So Eden sank to grief
                                                                                                So dawn goes down to day
                                                                                                Nothing gold can stay
                                                                                                -Robert Frost

                                                                                                You may also recognize it from the movie and book The Outsiders 💛