Grade 4

A Creator's Rights and Responsibilities

What rights and responsibilities do you have as a creator?

It's common for kids to use images they find online, for school projects or just for fun. But kids don't often understand which images are OK to use and which ones aren't. Help your students learn about the rights and responsibilities they have when it comes to the images they create and use.

Students will be able to:
  • Define "copyright" and explain how it applies to creative work.
  • Describe their rights and responsibilities as creators.
  • Apply copyright principles to real-life scenarios.
Key Vocabulary: attribute  ·  copyright  ·  intellectual property  ·  license  ·  plagiarism
attribute:
giving credit to the person who created something, such such as listing the author?۪s name and date, or a citation
copyright:
legal protection that a creators have over the things they create
intellectual property:
the ownership of something you create, giving you a right to how others use it
license:
a clear way to define the type of copyright creative work has so others know how they can use it
plagiarism:
using someone?۪s creative work without providing attribution
News & Media Literacy
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Have students visit PhotosforClass to find a Creative Commons photo on a keyword of their choice. Have them download the photo and look at the attribution URL for the photo. Have them look up that attribution link to investigate what kind of copyright license the photo has. Students can write up a short paragraph explaining their findings to a partner or explain in front of the class. 

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Student Handout: What's Copyright? Student Version Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz Google Classroom

Take-home resources