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Introduction to Copyright

posted Oct 27, 2015, 10:47 AM by Julie Alonso
The Second Graders had a lesson this week about copyright.  While this is a very complicated concept, it is important for the kids to start hearing the language and internalizing what it means.  Learning about copyright is a pathway to understanding why we give credit when we use resources for research and why it is important to create citations of all of the resources we use for a bibliography.

We started our lesson with the copyright symbol:

Had the kids ever seen this symbol before? I gave a hint that they may have seen it at the front of a book.  Some of the kids had good guesses for what it meant, such as trademark, and it turns out that a few of them were familiar with what it meant from watching youtube videos.

We talked about the basic definition: A copyright protects the creator of a creative work from being copied. This means that THEIR work is protected. It also means that they need to remember to never copy someone else's work. It is very easy to save pictures from online or copy and paste text, but it is also easy to give credit to the creator or the source of that information.

We followed our discussion with a BrainPOP video (passwords are in the sidebar), which goes into the topic of Fair Use and works that are in the Public Domain. 

We ended class with a few books perfect for Halloween season that are parodies and therefore fall under the category of Fair Use:

Goodnight goon: a petrifying parody by Michael Rex

Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! 'Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.' It's bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest. A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Frankenstein by Rick Walton

This laugh-out-loud funny and devilish send-up of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline is for little monsters everywhere. Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel's castle. He can frighten anything--animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head!

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth. When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what's a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron's worth of Halloween magic?

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