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Copyright Infringement or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music

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Copyright Infringement or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Suzanne Taylor

Frostburg, Maryland


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Campaigning for Fair Use: Public Service Announcements on Copyright Awareness

Students explore a range of resources on fair use and copyright then design their own audio public service announcements (PSAs), to be broadcast over the school’s public address system.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads

Students investigate how and why copyright law has changed over time, and apply this information to recent copyright issues, creating persuasive arguments based on the perspective of a particular group.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright

This lesson gives students the tools they need to consider the ethical issues surrounding use and ownership of copyrighted materials.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Technology and Copyright Law: A “Futurespective”

Students research and report on instances of how copyright laws have adapted to encompass new technologies. They write articles predicting copyright issues that may arise with new and future technologies.


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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.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8

On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.

Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 10

The Statute of Anne, an influential copyright law, went into effect in 1710.

Student groups do web research, compile their information, and make a booklet on copyright rules for the class to use as a reference.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies

This strategy guide describes the techniques used in effective persuasive writing and shares activities you can use to help students understand and use persuasion in their writing and critical thinking.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Preventing Plagiarism: Tips and Techniques

DeSena offers a practical guide on how high school and college teachers can structure assignments and guide students so that students don't plagiarize.


Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning

This book helps educators unlock Internet and digital media resources to classrooms while respecting the rights of copyright holders.


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