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New! Lesson: Copyrights and Wrongs
Ensure that your class knows all about giving credit where credit is due. Engage their interest with a brief conversation about creative work and a quick video about responsible use of the work of others. Then, give them some time in small groups to act as advertisers who need to select a photo for a campaign while considering copyright laws. Close the day with a review and reflection.
Know Your (copy)Rights
Students define public domain and provide examples of work in the public domain. They define copyright, provide examples of copyrighted materials, and state the procedure for securing copyright for their own work
What's Mine Isn't (Necessarily) Yours
When we use images or ideas from the Internet, we might be infringing on someone's rights. Give your class the opportunity to understand copyright and creator's rights as they evaluate fair and legal use of media found online. As they explore intellectual property, public domain, and plagiarism, they also explore how media resources can, and should, be cited. The lesson includes two distinct activities, video links, and addresses Common Core standards.
'Toon Up Your Knowledge of Copyright and Fair Use
Students examine the concepts of copyright and intellectual property by copying graphic files manually and digitally, and analyzing Web site copyright disclaimers. They create a technology product focusing on some aspect of copyright.
Learners examine the copyright lines in the books they use in class. They discover how to complete and send in their own copyright request to Washington D.C. They work on their composition as well.
Debating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues through research and debate. In this investigative lesson students get into groups and research the pros and cons of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and present it to the class.
Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
Third graders examine basic copy right concepts when using technology based resources. They determine how copyright deters others from changing the creators' work. They identify how to comply with copyright and Fair Use guidelines using simulated situations.
ESL Holiday Lessonsï»¿: World Book and Copyright Day
In this language skills worksheet, students read an article about World Book and Copyright Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
Young scholars examine the issues surrounding intellectual copyrights. They research the examples of DVD and CD piracy and participate in a class discussion about the related ethics.
Respect for Intellect
Seventh graders participate in digital citizenship case studies involving intellectual property and copyright issues such as plagiarism, software installation, Web content and trademarks. They discuss ethical and unethical decisions about the case studies in the context of their homes and schools.
Students explore the "Copy Left" movement, then analyze and discuss the key legal issues regarding intellectual property and copyright legislation in the context of global communication and the Internet.
Debating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues in the information age, through research and an informal debate of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Students also write a reflection paper on the DMCA based on their personal beliefs and information gleaned from their research.
Guild v. Google
Students share opinions about what constitutes fair use of copyright materials and participate in a mock trial arguing the case of The Authors Guild v. Google.
Students pretend to devise an Internet based game that is copied and distributed by someone else. With a partner, they role play situations in which their work is copied, and discuss legal and illegal copyright situations. Using Internet sources they research Fair Use and Public Domain.
Behind the Music 2000
Students discuss copyright issues and how technological advancements have affected music.
Fair Use and Music
Students examine fair use. In this character education lesson, students discover copyright and fair use laws regarding media. Students discuss the ethics of movie and music sharing.
Music: A Round and A Round
Young scholars compose original lyrics for a "Round". They develop a copyright, a recording company, and CD covers for their original pieces. They teach these "rounds" to students in their choral music class.
Students examine the role of citizen journalism, freedom of the press, and the First Amendment. They analyze the results of an Internet survey, discuss the ethics of downloading copyrighted material on the Internet, and write a news story.
Researching and Note-Taking: Becoming an Expert on a Colonial Trade
Fourth graders work in small groups to become experts on different colonial trades in the eighth lesson of this unit. Working toward the long-term goal of writing a piece of historical fiction, young scholars read informational texts and work collaboratively to take notes on terms related to their specific trade. Learners practice reading and rereading text, first to get a gist of the content, and second to focus on key vocabulary. Make sure dictionaries are available to support students in making sense of the different terms they encounter in their reading. This is a great lesson that supports young researchers as they work with their peers to become experts on a colonial trade.
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.