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Rework, Reuse, Remix: Digital Citizenship Lesson

This app flow can be used as a supplement to the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Lesson on Fair Use for grades 6-8. The lesson can be found here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/rework-reuse-remix-6-8
Rachelle W.
Digital Learning Specialist
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

  • identify the key points required for a creative work to fall under fair use.
  • judge whether or not the two case studies can be called fair use.
  • understand the value of fair use by reworking and remixing copyrighted material in a collage or video.
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Use Infuse Learning to create a quiz assess their knowledge of the key vocabulary provided. Add images of the resources mentions and have them respond to the question: If you wanted to use any of these works in the public domain, what could you do with them?


2 Direct Instruction

Have students watch a series of videos and other web related content on Fair Use.  Using Blendspace, the lesson content is organized and can be guided or scaffolded to meet students at their point of need.  If you have the Premium Blendspace account you may want to add text questions and students can comment to the following questions:

What are some examples of “schoolwork and education”?

What are some examples of “news reporting”?

What are some examples of “comedy and parody”?

What are some examples of “criticizing or commenting on something”?

3 Guided Practice

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Have students judge Fair Use case studies and post their responses and justifications to a padlet board for discussion. The details of the activity can be found in the "Rework, Reuse, Remix" lesson.

4 Independent Practice

TELL students to apply what they’ve learned by making a creative work using copyrighted materials that can be called fair use. Have students refer to their Four Points of Fair Use Student Handoutfor guidance. Follow the instructions for either the low-tech or high-tech option. Note that both options could extend the amount of time needed for the lesson. This step can be made into a homework assignment.

Give students the opportunity to create their video using Popcorn Maker.  It's a great tool for video editing, remix and fair use.  

5 Wrap-Up

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You can use these questions to assess your students’ understanding of the lesson objectives. By having students reflect in writing on one of the questions, using Kidblog.

ASK: What does it mean when we “rework” copyrighted material?
We reuse it, remix it, or use it in a new way.

ASK: How can you tell if something is fair use? 
Students should refer to the four points of fair use.

ASK: Even if you create something that’s fair use, why is it important to give credit to the work you used to make it?
Students should be able to name the three rules for online travel from Teach 1 and their student handouts.  

If they really want to jazz up their blog they can also post their video as an artifact.