Grade 7

The Four Factors of Fair Use

What rights to fair use do you have as a creator?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

Kids can be voracious consumers -- and creators -- of media, and it's easier than ever for them to find and share digital content online. But do middle-schoolers know about concepts like fair use, copyright, and public domain? Give students a framework they can use to better understand how fair use works in the real world.

Students will be able to:
  • Define the terms "copyright," "public domain," and "fair use."
  • Identify the purpose of the Four Factors of Fair Use.
  • Apply fair use to real-world examples, making a case for or against.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 50 mins.
Warm Up:
Copyright and Fair Use
15 mins.
Fair and Square
20 mins.
Sampling or Stealing
15 mins.

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Student Handout: Fair and Square Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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