Digital Citizenship

Rules and Expectations for United States Literature

What is digital citizenship?

Digital citizenship refers to how you engage with material and others online. This broad term refers to everything from the laws which guide our behavior, to our responsibility to communicate in a healthy way (no cyber bullying), to our online literacy (how well do you know how to use the web).

You probably spend a fair amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites. This class will require you to expand your internet literacy to movies, digital banners, to editing photographs. It is an expectation in this course that you will follow all Marian High School Guidelines.

I have one rule in my classroom; respect your peers and yourself. My classroom is a safe space to explore ideas and viewpoints. You are expected to carry this same courtesy to all web based activities that we do. There will be many times that we will disagree with one another or see an issue from a differing perspective. This spectrum of opinions is necessary for a vibrant and healthy discussion of the text. Your input can be passionate, but it should never divert into a critical or negative attack. Respect your peers and how their views are asset to the discussion and to the course.



plagiarism and the web

With the wealth of information available on the web, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out how to cite sources and photographs. In this course we will discuss Fair Use Doctrine, how to work with Creative Commons, and how to cite sources in MLA format. I encourage you to keep a special section in your notebook to help you remember the sites and sources I will give you.

Plagiarism can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be. When in doubt, contact me and we will work together to makes sure that you are giving credit where credit is due.

Now a word from our sponsors on plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the act (intentional or unintentional) of using another person’s words, ideas or expressions in your work without acknowledging the source. It is a serious offense punishable by law. Academic plagiarism may carry the consequence of a failing grade, failure of a course, 4-6 detentions issued, suspension/expulsion from school, or a combination of listed consequences (see Cheating).Before submitting work in any class, students should be sure that proper documentation has been used for citing all borrowed material. Should there be a question of misrepresentation it will be the responsibility of the student to provide the appropriate documentation. The final determination regarding plagiarism rests with the teacher and the Administration.


Refer to The Little Brown Compact Handbook for guidelines.



A few of the tools we will use