MY STORY OF PLAGIARISM

  1. In first grade we were given blank books and told to write and illustrate our own story.
    We were given only a few minutes. I always crack under pressure.
  2. My story was a success: full of action, friendship and even a safety lesson!
  3. Everyone was so impressed.
  4. No one figured out that it was the exact story of a Lassie episode I watched the night before.
  5. I felt so guilty I was sure I was going to get caught and suspended from first grade.
  6. But it never came up again.