Each lesson below contains a short animation intended to spark a classroom discussion. Grades K-2 lessons introduce age-appropriate, ethical (and non-legal) concepts of sharing, ownership, and attribution. Grades 3-6 explore copyright explicitly, including related topics of fair use, public domain, and open sharing through Creative Commons.

For teachers wanting more background in copyright and fair use, a professional development course is available here.

GRADE K: Respect the Person

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Young students learn the importance of attribution—getting credit for the work they do and giving credit to others for their creative work.

GRADE 1: It’s Great to Create & Play Fair

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Students learn the importance of attribution—getting credit for the work they do and giving credit to others for their creative work.

GRADE 2: Creativity & Sharing Fairly

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Students learn about ownership concepts associated with creative work and how their work might be shared.

GRADE 3: Sharing Fairly

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This lesson introduces the concept of fair use. It promotes creative expression and gives students experience with the basic idea of copyright.

GRADE 4: Digital Sharing Ethics

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Students learn the challenges and benefits of respecting ownership and copyright, particularly in digital environments. The lesson also explores the concept of fair use.

GRADE 5: Copyright in the Real World (Part 1)

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This lesson gives students an experience that teaches them how to identify copyrighted work and understand Creative Commons licenses for finding creative work.

GRADE 6: Copyright in the Real World (Part 2)

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Part two reinforces fair use concepts and the basic protections and limitations of copyright. Students learn how copyright encourages creative expression.

Supplemental Materials

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PRESENTER INSTRUCTIONS
Elementary Presenter Instructions
INFOGRAPHIC #1
INFOGRAPHIC- Free Speech, Copyright, Fair Use- 2018 10 09, Thumbnail
INFOGRAPHIC #2
INFOGRAPHIC- 10 Things to Know about Copyright- 2018 10 09, Thumbnail
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