Lesson Plan


This lesson introduces basic concepts related to copyright and fair use by using online materials including a website, online video, and online tutorial. The target audience is students in grades 4 to 8.


  • Information & Media Literacy > General
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


copyright fair use



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License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


Update Standards?

LA.5-8.E.8.1.e: English Language Arts

Collect information from various on-line sources, such as web pages, news groups, and listservs

LA.5-8.F.8.1.b: English Language Arts

Use multiple sources to identify and locate information pertinent to research including encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, library catalogs, indexes to periodicals, and various electronic search engines

LA.5-8.F.8.1.d: English Language Arts

Compile, organize, and evaluate information, taking notes that record and summarize what has been learned and extending the investigation to other sources

LA.5-8.F.8.1.f: English Language Arts

Produce an organized written and oral report that presents and reflects on findings, draws sound conclusions, adheres to the conventions for preparing a manuscript, and gives proper credit to sources
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2012-12-01.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson introduces basic concepts related to copyright and fair use to students in grades 4 to 8, although the material can be a suitable introduction for older students and adults as well! Students will learn that creative work belongs to its creator or owner, and that copyright is a law, and then explore the permissions and limitations of the Fair Use Doctrine. This lesson is brief (about 40 minutes) and uses a variety of engaging online materials to prompt learning and discussion. The clarity of this resource will allow any educator with Internet access to easily incorporate this lesson into their existing curriculum.
Christine Mytko

I think this is such an important topic to introduce to kids as they become media producers. One tip: just as I assign points for "spelling / editing" or "including sources" for any project in any subject, I also assign points for "copyright appropriateness." It's really helped kids focus on using Creative Commons materials, or works in the Public Domain or, even easier (!), just creating their own work.

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