6-5 A Creator's Rights
Category: Sixth Grade
Date: May 18, 2018
A Creator’s Rights: Digital Citizenship
Essential Question:
What rights do you have as a creator?
Lesson Overview:
Students learn about copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators by watching a video of a young writer who talks about posting and protecting her original creative work online, exploring the copyright history and license of the “Happy Birthday” song, and creating an original happy birthday song of their own.
• I can understand that copyright is a legal system that protects our rights to creative work.
I can compare different ways people license their copyrighted work.
I can create an original song, perform it in front of the class, and reflect on the copyright for the song.
Key Vocabulary:
Creative work
Creative Commons
Public Domain
Fair Use
  A Creative work is any idea or artistic creation that is recorded or stored in either a hard copy or digital format.
Copyright is a complex law that protects your control over the creative work you make so that people must get your permission before they copy, share, or perform your work.  
  Creative Commons is a kind of copyright that makes it easier for people to copy, share, and build on your creative work, as long as they give you credit for using it.
License is a clear way to define the copyright of your creative work so that people know how it can be used.  
  Piracy is the stealing of copyrighted work by downloading or copying it in order to keep, sell, or give it away without permission and without paying.
Plagiarism is copying, “lifting,” or making slight changes to some or all of someone else’s work and saying you created it by not giving credit to the original source, author, or creator.  
Example-of-Article-Plagiarism-Diagram. Photo Attribution: Carrot Lord / Paint.NET. / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0
  Public Domain is creative work that is not copyrighted and therefore free for you to use however you want.
Fair Use is the ability to use a small amount of copyrighted work without permission, but only in certain ways and in specific situations (schoolwork and education, news reporting, criticizing or commenting on something, and comedy/parody).  

1 - Individual Assignment –Discussion and Edmodo Questions:
Discuss the following two questions with a partner and then type your answers to them in complete, correct sentences in your Edmodo Small 6-# Group:
A Creator's Rights Question #1 – Describe a work that you created that you were quite proud of to our small group class. Why were you proud of this work?
Sample responses might include a poem or story, artwork, a photo or video, project, digital creation, or song.
A Creator's Rights Question #2 – Can you think of a time when you used someone else's work in something you created?
Sample responses might include books for a school project, magazine photos in collages, photos in PowerPoint slideshows, video clips in a remix, or music clips in a mash-up.

Think About:

We are all creators. Think about times you recorded an idea you had – whether you wrote something down, uploaded it onto the Internet, took a picture or video, or made something for class. Think about a time when you’ve used things online that others have created, such as copying or downloading something from the Internet. You will next be watching a video about a real girl who is a writer and shares her writing online.

2 - Individual Assignment –Video, Partner Discussion, and Edmodo Assignment #1

• Watch the video Nicole's Story - Copyrighting Creative Work on Common Sense Media’s A Creator’s Rights Web site.


After you watch the entire video, answer the following THREE questions with a PARTNER.


1) How does Nicole protect her own creative work that she posts online?
2) How does Nicole both follow the rules of copyright law and expect others to do the same?
3) How is Nicole respectful of how she uses other people’s work as inspiration for her own writing?


• Then in your Edmodo Small 6-# Group, click OPEN ASSIGNMENT ⇒ Create Text Response ⇒ and then type your answers inside the Text Box in complete NUMBERED sentences (1. 2. 3.).
• Click TURN IN ASSIGNMENTTURN IN to submit your assignment.

3 - Individual Assignment #2 – Edmodo Posts:

Reply to the following two posts in complete, correct sentences within your Edmodo 6-# Small Group:
A Creator's Rights Question #3 – Why does Nicole want to share her writing online? What are the benefits for her?
Sample responses might include the following:
• Nicole can receive feedback on her writing.
• She can make a name for herself as a writer.
• She can receive support from other writers.
A Creator's Rights Question #4 – What are some of the risks of Nicole sharing her writing online?
Sample responses might include the following:
• Someone can steal Nicole's writing and say he wrote it.
• Someone might use her work but not give her credit.
• People might leave mean comments.

Read Carefully:
  Once someone records an original idea, it is copyrighted. Copyright is an important law that helps protect the rights of creators so they receive credit and get paid for their work. Most items you find, download, copy and paste from the Internet are copyrighted.
You can legally and ethically use items that you find online as long as you make sure that you do the following:
• Find out who created the item.
• Ask for and receive permission from the owner to use it.
• Give appropriate credit to the original creator.
• Buy the item (if necessary).
• Use the item responsibly and respectfully.
If you are not careful in how you use other people’s work online, you might be stealing.
It is great to be able to use things we find online, but we have to do it responsibly. We have to show our respect for other people’s hard work and creativity by giving credit where credit is due.

4 - Small Group / Partner Assignment #1 – 411 for Creators:
With a partner or small group, open the A Creator’s Rights vocabulary practice .PDF document 411 for Creators Handout.
These vocabulary terms are important for creators to know so that they can:
• protect their own creative work.
• follow the rules of copyright law.
• be respectful of how they use other people’s work.
On one student’s computer, type all first and last names in the document.
Read the important vocabulary terms and definitions carefully together and use them to type the correct word in the blank for each sentence.

Check your spelling and save your finalized 411_for_Creator's_ Handout to your Network B: Drive Digital Literacy Folder.


UPLOAD the file to your Office 365 OneDrive Dig Lit Folder.


RIGHT CLICK and SHARE your file with Ms. Miller.


5 - Small Group / Partner Assignment #2 – The Truth About the “Happy Birthday” Song:
  We have all have sung the “Happy Birthday” song at one point in our lives. In this activity we will examine the issue of copyright and the “Happy Birthday” song.
With a partner or small group, read the A Creator’s Rights lesson .PDF document The Truth About “Happy Birthday” Handout.

6 - Individual Assignment –Edmodo Posts #5 – 6:
Reply to the following three posts in Edmodo in complete, correct sentences:
A Creator's Rights Post #5 Why is it important to give credit when using other people’s creative work?
A Creator's Rights Post #6 – Why can’t you directly copy information from an online source, such as Wikipedia? Be sure to include how plagiarism occurs when you copy another person’s words or ideas without giving them proper credit.
A Creator's Rights Post #7 – Why do we seldom hear “Happy Birthday to You” sung on a TV show or in a movie? Be sure to include the fact that this song is copyrighted. Therefore, users would have to pay royalties (a fee) to have actors sing the song.
  Important Update: The “Happy Birthday” song copyright is currently being reviewed by the courts in a lengthy, costly court battle. Click here to read more about this very timely copyright issue.

7 - Small Group / Partner Assignment #3 – Copyright Detectives:
With your partner or small group, click the Nicole's Story - Copyrighting Creative Work VIDEO on Common Sense Media’s A Creator’s Rights Web site.
Fast forward the video to the 3:18 mark and hit “pause” at the very end of the video, when the Creative Commons license appears.
With a partner or small group, open the A Creator’s Rights lesson .PDF document Copyright Detective Handout.
Read the instructions and answer each question carefully. On one student’s computer, type all first and last names and complete the document.

Check your spelling and grammar and save your finalized Copyright_Detective.PDF file to your Network B: Drive Digital Literacy Folder.


UPLOAD the file to your Office 365 OneDrive Dig Lit Folder.


RIGHT CLICK and SHARE your file with Ms. Miller.


♦Students can learn even more about copyright by visiting Copyright Kids.


8 - Quizlet Study Activities:
A. Study the A Creator's Rights FLASHCARDS.
B. Play the A Creator's Rights MATCH game.
C. Then complete the LEARN activity until you earn 100%.
D. Finally, take the MATCHING TEST:
Click TEST, click Options, select Matching ONLY, and click Create new test. (Re-take the Matching Test until you earn 100%).
E. Use the Snipping Tool to take a Screenshot of your entire 100% MATCHING TEST score screen and save it as CYBERBULLYING_100 to your Network B: Drive > Sixth Grade_ > Digital Literacy Folder.

UPLOAD the 100% score screenshot file to your Office 365 OneDrive Dig Lit Folder.


RIGHT CLICK and SHARE your 100% file with Ms. Miller.


F. Play Quizlet Live during your next class.



1) Take the Final A Creator's Rights Assessments in Edmodo and Mastery Connect.

2) If needed, use Google Chrome to take the Mastery Connect assessment. smiley


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♦Log in to Typing Pal and follow all posted instructions carefully. Be sure to use the Snipping Tool to save and submit screenshots as needed in Office 365 OneDrive.
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