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A Creator's Rights (6-8)

What rights do you have as a creator?

Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators. Students first watch a video of young writer who talks about posting and protecting her original work online. Students then learn key vocabulary terms that will help them conceptualize issues surrounding creative work and copyright. Finally, students explore the copyright history of the “Happy Birthday” song and create an original happy birthday song of their own.

Lesson Objectives

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.
  • create an original song, perform it in front of the class, and reflect on their copyright for the song.

 

Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grade 6: RI.7, RI.10, W.4, W.6, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6

Grade 7: RI.10, W.4, W.6, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6 

Grade 8: RI.10, W.4, W.6, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6

ISTE Standards:

1a, 1b, 3a, 3c, 5a-c

 

Additional Lesson Materials

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