Lesson Plan

Rights and Respect

Students will understand the difference between inspiration and plagiarism.
Kacie W.
Classroom teacher
North Side High School
Fort Worth, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11
My Subjects English Language Arts, World Languages

Students will be able to distinguish between a legitimate use of someone else's work and stealing/plagiarism/copyright infringement. They will be able to define fair use, inspiration, appropriation, and copyright.

English Language Arts
English Language Learning
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Ready Materials

I will print out copies of the handout for each student. I will load up the video.

2 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

Define "inspiration" and "appropriation".

I write their responses on the board.

Student Instructions

Students give examples of inspiration versus appropriation.

3 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Define "copyright" and "fair use".

Student Instructions

Students say whether each of their responses is fair use, or could get them sued.

4 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

I divide students into the 5 groups on the worksheet.

I show them the video.

Student Instructions

Students have 5 minutes to answer the questions on the worksheet.

5 Independent Practice

Activity: Debating

I moderate the debate.

Student Instructions

The class debates the issue. Each group gets an opening statement, listens to the other groups, and closes with a final statement.

6 Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

I show the following questions on the board:

--What is the difference between inspiration and appropriation?

--What do you need to do before you use someone else’s creative work?

--What might artists gain from having their work appropriated by someone else? What might they lose?

--How will you avoid appropriation in your essays, presentations, and other classwork this year?

I will call on a few students at random to answer the questions.


Student Instructions

Students must answer two of the questions on an index card for their exit ticket.