Academic Honesty

Integrity — When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.

~ Anonymous ~

PYP Learner Profile: PRINCIPLED

Key concepts: Responsibility, honest, integrity

At Bilkent Laboratory & International School, the learning community make informed, reasoned, ethical judgements (IB, 0402-04). They make the right choices, and maintain the five fundamental elements of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (IB, 0301-03-0300) at all academic levels.

Always include a bibliography or reference list for ALL the information you used for your research

Look at Kathy Shrock's Research & Reference Guide manual and use the five W's of Website Evaluation.

Watch the Brainpop video on Plagiarism.

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Acting with integrity begins in kindergarten. Children must learn how to be honest. They need role models to help them develop a sense of respect for doing the right thing.

Students need to be taught a moral vocabulary. Use the language of:

  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Honesty


What is it?

Plagiarism: When you use the ideas, words or work of another person without proper, clear and explicit acknowledgement. This may be intentional or not!

Appropriation: Taking the ideas of a person without their permission.

Collusion:This means allowing someone to copy your work with your agreement.

Duplication: If you use the same work for different assessment tasks.

Grade 4 Academic Honesty Products

Videos about issues of academic integrity


Citation for beginners

Practice creating an MLA citation

Copyright and Fair Use by Commonsense Media

Copyright and plagiarism for kids by Shannon Bussell

Copyright facts for kids by Kiddle

The Name Game by FunKidsLearn

Copyright Kids - a great resource

IB DP winner Academic Honesty, Melissa Lam, 2017.

Five fundamentals of Academic Honesty by Tomi Kufel