I gave my students a project. They were to compose ten poems of particular types and find ten published poems of the same types. "Define" the poem type and interpret the published poem. One student, completely plagiarized three of the 'original' poems. Each poem they were to write had been handed in during the course of th three week unit as homework. So, the project was really just putting together the stuff that was already written and doing the other ther tasks. This student turned in a hand written version of a Villanelle that I knew, as his own. I spoke to him, he claimed he had simply forgotten to write the author's name on it. (Yet he handed it in with the (write your own) Villanelle homework.) I gave him (and anyone else who plagiarized) a 0. Now he and his parens are fighting it. They think he should get credit for the portion of the project that he claims was NOT plagiarized. I have spoken to a few people, including my supervisor, and they offered ideas for 'compromise'. I simply think it is unfair, and he truly deserves a zero. My district doesn't have any policy backup on the issue.