Copyright and Fair Use Resource Page

Explore copyright, fair use, and related legal and ethical issues. Adhere to fair use in all course developed materials!
Thinkfinity at has free lessons on Copyright for Middle School learners at the ReadWriteThink partner site. Here is a press release from ALA announcing these lessons that are aligned to the AASL 21st Century Learner Standards and also to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards. The complete press release is located at
  • These five lessons address timely topics in copyright education and, unlike many other lessons plans, provide a balanced approach to copyright by including issues such as fair use. Designed to be flexible curriculum tools that can be integrated across subject areas and complement any information literacy program, the lessons are available on the ReadWriteThink ( The site provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content. The lessons are as follows:
  • Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
    This lesson provides a background for students on copyright, fair use, plagiarism, and paraphrasing. Fair use is discussed, as well as strategies for paraphrasing and the consequences of plagiarism.
  • Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright
    Students learn and use strategies for incorporating multimedia resources in their own works without violating copyright law. Students contemplate how their own works are protected by copyright law.
  • Students as Creators: Exploring Multimedia
    Students analyze an online multimedia resource as an introduction to the genre. They then create an original multimedia project.
  • Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads
    Students look briefly at the history of copyright law and generalize about how and why it has changed over time. Students then apply this information to recent copyright issues, look at these issues from the perspective of a particular group, and create persuasive arguments to convince others to see the issue from their perspective.
  • Technology and Copyright Law: A "Futurespective"
    Students review some copyright disputes involving new technologies. They write newspaper articles predicting the outcome of current disputes and anticipating disputes that they think may arise in the future with new technologies or new uses for existing technologies.
  • This project was funded in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.