Lesson: 05 Copyright

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Copyright is a subject of much legal and moral debate. While we do not presume to be able to answer the questions surrounding copyright, we do believe that students should become familiar with a variety of perspectives on copyright issues. With that in mind, this lesson introduces the fundamentals of copyright, pre-assesses student knowledge of copyright issues, and introduces the anchor task.


  • Introduce students to copyright issues.
  • Explain and assign the anchor task.




1. Click here to show the short movie clip about copyright.

2. Engage students in a discussion about copyright issues. Discuss the following questions. See Appendix 13, Copyright for possible answers.

  • What is copyright?
  • Discuss exclusive rights granted by copyright, copyright laws and history.
  • Generate a list of works covered by copyright laws.

3. Explain and give out copies of the anchor task, the rubrics and the anchor task roles.

4. Assign the Creating Online Group Collaboration site information for each group, See Appendix 4.

5. Give the link for the Linkography document, Appendix 5, and the reflection paper.

6. Divide the students up into their groups for the anchor task.

7. Engage students in a discussion, reflecting on views and opinions of different stakeholders- Media (record, movie, and book) companies, artists, consumers.



Assessment Questions:

  • Do students know what copyright is?
  • Do students understand some of the rights granted by a copyright?
  • Can students generate a list of works which are covered by copyright laws?

Connections to Standards:

Teacher Notes:

  • Familiarize yourself with Copyright and its related terminologies, see Appendix 13, Copyright.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Anchor Task, the roles and positions for each group, and the task rubrics.
  • It is advisable to divide your students up into 5 groups and assign each group an anchor task role before class.

Time needed to teach:

1 Session




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