Q2 The Source

7. Be Legal & Fair

The Scream  by Edvard Munch

"I was walking along the road with two friends. The Sun was setting -
The Sky turned a bloody red
And I felt a whiff of Melancholy - I stood
Still, deathly tired - over the blue-black
Fjord and City hung Blood and Tongues of Fire
My Friends walked on - I remained behind
- shivering with Anxiety. I felt the great Scream in Nature."



The Internet allows us to share and access information, stay connected, locate audio, video, text, images, software, and more! With access to all this information, it is the responsibility of all to make sure you and others around you use it in a way that is legal and fair. It is time to demonstrate to your teacher that you know how to do this.

Your task is to create something new from existing work. Part of Fair Use states that you can use copyrighted materials provided you use it in a way that supports learning, use only a portion of the material, and give credit to the creator of the material. These are the rules for your creative work.

I Can Statements

  • use a citation making site for resources
  • ​​give credit to the person who created the work

Key Vocabulary

Citation: A citation is a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work.

Lyric: A lyric is expressing the writer's emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.

Stanza: A stanza is a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem. 

Usage Rights: Usage rights is to obtain the use of copyrighted work.

Play the interactive Quizlet Game: Direct Link


1. After watching the "Fair Use" Video below, get started by finding a poem or song lyrics from one of the websites listed in the expanding block below.

Fair Use by the U.S. Copyright Office

Choose a poem or lyrics that interest you and is school appropriate.

Copy and paste one stanza into this Document template and add the title, author of the poem, and the website that you used to find the material. You may want to bookmark the pages (using tools such as Diigo or Wakelet) so you can easily return to the page and paste the necessary credits into your document.

2. Use one of the following sites to locate one or two images or photographs that relate to your poem or song.

3. Save these images to your File Space and then insert them into the document you opened in Step one. Copy and paste the URL where you found them and who to credit as the source. It may be a good idea to bookmark the pages or keep them open for step three.

4. Now it's time to give credit where credit is due. Click on the image or this link to use one of the citation making sites to create a citation for the poem and image(s) you have used. Your teacher may recommend one citation making tool over the others.


5. Choose the type of resource you are citing (poem, web-based image, etc.) Type in the important information in the citation maker. You must include the title of the work, the author or copyright owner, the website you used to find it, and the date it was created. If other information is available you can also put that into the citation maker. Submit the information and you will get a citation that you can copy and paste into your document.

Note: Creating citations as you have done in this activity is very important any time you use something that was created by someone else. However, it is important to understand that creating a citation and giving credit to the author does not equal permission. If you use someone's work in any way that may not be considered fair use, you must obtain permission first.

6. Now put the poem or lyrics and picture(s) together in your own creative way following Fair Use guidelines. Add the citations to the bottom of your document and submit it to your instructor.

Completing this Quest

When the poem, pictures, and citations are all together in one document, save it to your File Space. If this is going to be attached to an online portfolio such as Weebly or EduBlogs, make sure that the image you chose was free of copyright. Fair use laws are different for projects that are on the Internet than they are for projects that will be presented in class.

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 I have completed this Quest and am ready for Quest 3 Plagiarism 

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations