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Copyrights and Wrongs (9-12)

How can I make responsible choices when I use other people's creative work?

Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators. Students explore the legal and ethical dimensions of respecting creative work. First, they learn a basic foundation of legal principles and vocabulary related to copyright. They understand how such factors as the rules of copyright law, the values and intent of the original creator, and the audience and purpose should affect their decisions about using the creative work of others. Using the Mad Men Student Handout, students then apply these principles to a simulation activity in which they act as advertising executives who have to choose a photo for an ad campaign. 

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • identify the legal and ethical considerations involved in using the creative work of others.
  • understand an individual’s rights and responsibilities as a creator and consumer of content.
  • practice critical thinking and ethical decision making about the use of creative works.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grades 9-10: RI.1-4, RI.8, RI.10, W.2a-f, W.6-8, W.10, SL.1a-d, SL.3-.5, L.4a, L.6

Grades 11-12: RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.7, RL.8, RL.10, RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.10, W.2a-f, W.6-10, SL.1a-d, SL.2-5, L.4a, L.6


2b, 2c, 3a, 3c, 3d, 6c, 6d, 7a-d


3d, 4a-d, 5a-f  

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