Lesson Plan

Creative Commons Image Citations

Students will learn how to properly cite Creative Commons Images
Kristen L.
Media specialist/librarian
Terman Middle School
Palo Alto, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Understand why they can't simply grab an image from the Internet and use it
  • Learn how to go to Creative Commons Search for images
  • Learn how to properly cite the image with the following:
    • Image itself is a link back to the original URL
    • Citation underneath the image contains the following:
      • Image title is a link back to the original URL
      • Author is listed and linked
      • "Licensed under CC" is used after author link (PAUSD has decided to scaffold the CC citations such that at the middle school level, students will list "Licensed under CC" while the high school students will note the actual license.
Social Studies
Grades 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

How many of you have looked for an image on Google, found an image, and dragged it onto your document/poster/presentation/etc.?

I'm raising my hand too. However, how many of you know that you may have broken copyright law by doing that?

Here's a true story: I went to a Computer Using Educators' Conference last year and learned from the presenter that one of her colleague was sent a letter from Getty Images asking her to pay $1000 as she had copied an image from Google and inserted it into her teacher website. She had to go to court and ended up paying $750. 

If you don't learn this lesson now as a 6th grader, you may grow up to do the same thing as a high school student, a college student, and then as an adult. You too may end up like this teacher who never learned what I am going to teach you now.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Students asked to give thoughts as I...

Pull up Google and type in "ancient roman slavery", and images.

Compare with images on Creative Commons Search.

After a demo, students are asked to come up to the teaching station and show the class how to go to Creative Commons Search.

Students are asked to find an image on their topic on Creative Commons Search.

3 Independent Practice

Demonstrate each of the steps in the Creative Commons Image Citation sheet, ask students to lead you through each step as a review.

4 Sum up lesson

Activity: Assessing

Students have added their images to their Google Docs and have shared them with you in their shared folders.

Ask for volunteers who are willing to share the image they found as well as their citation.

Have students identify each of the citation components on the volunteered Google Docs to assess whether each image has the proper citaiton.