Understanding "Fair Use" in a Digital World

Grades 6-8 / ELA / Copyright

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12


6th Grade


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

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Lesson Objective

Determine the 'fair use' of material using two videos

Questions to Consider

  • How does the opening discussion about fair use prepare students for examining the videos?
  • How are students encouraged to defend their choices and provide evidence for their conclusions?
  • Why is the fair use of material an important distinction for students to understand?

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