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Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads

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Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cassandra Love

Asheville, North Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives






ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

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Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.



Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.


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  • This unit is designed to be co-planned and co-taught by the classroom teacher and the school library media specialist.

  • Ideally, students should have a basic understanding of copyright before beginning this lesson. If students need background information or a review of the subject, the classroom teacher and library media specialist can co-teach the ReadWriteThink lesson Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing or have students review basic copyright law at the Copyright Kids! Website.

  • Before students begin their research, the library media specialist should lead a collaboratively-taught mini-lesson on effective Internet search strategies. Each assignment sheet contains suggested search terms, and educators may refer to the pre-selected Web resources contained on the Recommended Copyright Websites Web Page.

  • Print out one assignment sheet for each group. To provide a range of options, there will be more assignment sheets listed than groups, so that the educators can select assignment sheets for the topics and roles that will be most interesting to your students. Have at least two roles per topic assigned for debate and discussion.

  • Print out copies of the Persuasion Meter. Each student will need one copy for every two groups presenting.

  • Print out two copies of the Topics and Roles Outline for the educators to use.

  • Print out the Persuasive Argument Rubric. Educators will need one copy per student or per group, depending on whether they wish to assess individuals or the groups as a whole.

  • Educators should familiarize themselves with basic information about some recent cases involving copyright. Some information can be found at the Association of Research Libraries Website.

  • The library media specialist and classroom teacher should work together to test the Timeline Tool, ReadWriteThink Notetaker, and Persuasion Map interactives on your computers to familiarize themselves with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. Schools can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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