PBS Kids GO! It's My Life
School Games Video Advice Celebs Blog
Play It

Other School Topics:

You Said It
What are your experiences with cheating? Do you think it causes more problems than it solves?

Talk about it here!

Offline Activities
Help's Around the Corner
En español
Parents and Teachers
The Cheat Sheets: Cast Your Vote!
Copy Cat

Ashlee and Jenelle have been best friends since the 2nd grade. They sit next to each other in every class, eat lunch at the same table, and spend most weekends at each other's house.

When Jenelle suddenly gets a chance for her and a friend to go to a B2K concert one night, she and Ashlee are totally psyched. But then Ashlee remembers that she's gotten really behind in her Social Studies workbook. She

Topics on Cheating:
Here, There,
What Counts,
    What Doesn't
Ways People Do It
Excuses, Excuses
Why It's Wrong
Take Action!
From the Mentors
The Cheat Sheets:
Cast Your Vote!

It's Not Fair!
Copy Cat
The Easy Way Out
has to finish twenty pages before tomorrow's class if she's going to keep her A. It's difficult, but Ashlee decides to stay home and work while Jenelle goes to the concert. It takes a long time, but Ashlee finally finishes her pages and feels good about her decision.

The next day, before Social Studies class, Jenelle's freaking. She tells Ashlee that because of the concert, she couldn't finish her workbook. "Can I copy yours?" she asks Ashlee. Ashlee knows that this is risky, because their teacher will probably notice that their answers are the same. "It's not fair," she thinks. "Why should Jenelle get to go to the concert and hand in her work on time, when I had to choose between them?" She tells Jenelle no, and Jenelle gets so upset that she says she doesn't want to be friends anymore.

Cast Your Vote!
1. Was Jenelle overreacting to Ashlee's decision to
    not help her cheat?

Yes! She should know that cheating is wrong, especially
        off your best friend.
I don't think so! If Ashlee was her real friend, she would have
        helped her out.
I see why she was mad at first, but she should understand
        Ashlee's decision and forgive her.

2. What would you have done in Ashlee's situation?
I would have done the same thing.
I would have let Jenelle copy my work.
I would have gone to the concert with Jenelle!

3. What do you do when a friend asks to copy
    your work?

I let them, and they do the same for me when I need it.
I tell them no, but offer to help if they need it.
Sometimes I say yes, sometimes I say no. It depends on
        the situation.

Next story: The Easy Way Out


E-mail a friend E-mail this page to a friend
To Cheat Or Not To Cheat
To Cheat Or
Not To Cheat

That IS the question!

Copyright © 2005 CastleWorks, Inc. All rights reserved.