Lesson Plan

A Creator’s Rights

Students will educate themselves on the different types of rights and how they should use other's creative work based on those rights.
Ashley G.
Classroom teacher
Benjamin Franklin Middle School
Rocky Mount, United States
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My Grades 7
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to ...

  • understand that copyright is a legal system that protects their rights to creative work.
  • compare different ways people license their copyrighted work.
  • utilize knowledge to identify various types of information/actions relating to copyright 
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook: Have you broken the law?

Activity: Conversing


The topic of plagiarism has been addressed already this school year. I find that my students are aware of what plagiarism is, but not how to apply to laws regarding it to their own lives.

I started the lesson by asking the students questions:

  • "Raise your hand if you've broken a law." Students looked around, giggled, and their hands remained down. 
  • "Raise your hand if you know what copyright is." Most of the students raised their hands. 
  • "Raise your hand if you've ever taken a random picture from Google and put it into a project." All of the students raised their hands. 
  • "Raise your hand if you've ever posted a meme you found on the internet." About half of the class raised their hands. 
  • Explain to the students that, believe it or not, if they raised their hands they have broken the law. 

2 Direct Instruction: 411 for Creators

Activity: Reading

Students were given a packet containing:

  • 411 for Creators
  • Copyright Detectives
  • Assessment

The students take turns reading the terms and definitions from 411 for Creators:Terms. As the students read, we discuss as a class and give examples of the different types. When appropriate, I show examples of the different types of Creators Rights on the Active Board. 

3 Guided Practice: Copyright Detectives - Nicole's Story

Activity: Assessing

Together, we will watch "Nicole's Story" and the students will complete the PDF worksheet for Copyright Detectives. After we research and identify the copyright symbols, I will ask the students:

  • Why Nicole's understanding of the copyright laws where she was posting her story is so important?
  • How it could have gone very differently if Nicole had chosen a site that didn't protect her work? 
Student Instructions

Pretend you are a detective. You have to decipher the meaning behind some mysterious symbols in the bottom left corner at the end of the video, “Nicole’s Story - Copyrighting Creative Work.” Your assignment: Figure out what these symbols mean, and what they have to do with copyright!

4 Small Group Practice: 411 for Creators

Activity: Investigating


  • 411 for Creators: Fill in the Blank

Students will work in table groups to fill in the blanks while referencing the 411 for Creators: Terms & Definitions. 

Once students have completed their group work, we will review the answers as a class and discuss any discrepancies. 

Student Instructions

In small groups, read the sentences with the missing words. Choose the right word to fill in the blank. Each word is used once.

5 Assess: A Creator's Rights

Activity: Assessing


  • A Creator's Rights: Assessment

The students will complete a brief assessment in which they will utilize their knowledge to identify the correct responses. 

Student Instructions

Use what you have learned today to select the best answers for questions 1-3 on the Assessment page. 

6 Closing: How will we utilize this?

Ask students: 

"Think about what we're preparing to do next week. How will you use this information?"

In this case, we are completing a brochure project based on the novel "The Giver". Students will need to find appropriate images to use in their brochures and ensure that they are from the Public Domain.