Lesson 6: It's Great to Create and Play Fair


Loaned to Computer Science Fundamentals by the team over at Copyright and Creativity, this lesson exists to help students understand the creative process of sharing and inspiration. Along with that comes the promotion of creative expression and the need to be fair with creative work.


Students will soon be creating projects to share and most of these projects will contain either code or imagery that students did not create themselves. This lesson is here to show students the proper way to handle the use of content that is not their own.


Warm-Up (Optional) (15 min)

Create Your Own Superhero! (15 min)


Extended Learning

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Students will be able to:

  • Explain why it is not okay to claim that someone else's work is your own.
  • Create original art for the purpose of empathizing with other creators.



Heads Up! Please make a copy of any documents you plan to share with students.

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Teaching Guide

Warm-Up (Optional) (15 min)

Watch: Play the It's Great to Create and Play Fair (Video) - Video with your students. You can play it several times throughout this lesson.

The following discussions are designed to create context, help students engage with the topic, and prepare them for the lesson discussion.

Character Sketch

Ask students to help you create a character sketch about one of the characters in the video.

Say: We’re going to do a character sketch where we decide who this person is.

Discuss: Which one of the characters should we use? Let’s vote. [Take a quick vote.]

Teaching Tip

Encourage students to be as creative as they can. There are no wrong answers. Give this character a life of his/her own.

Write the character sketch on the board as students contribute ideas. Prompt with questions:

  • Who is this character?
  • What is his/her name?
  • Who are his/her friends? How long have they known each other?
  • Who are the people in his/her family? What are they like?
  • What is his/her backstory?
  • Where does he/she live?
  • Has he/she lived there all his/her life or has he/she moved from somewhere else?
  • What exciting thing might have happened to him/her back in kindergarten, first grade?
  • What does he/she look forward to?
  • What is he/she afraid of?

Create Your Own Superhero! (15 min)

Display: If possible, show images of two or three superheroes on the board.

Discuss: Discuss the stories of these characters. What are their super powers? What do they use their powers for?

(Other ways to tie the activity into the lesson: Have students classify superpowers into like groups, list similarities and differences between superheroes, or discuss the character traits and back stories of the superheroes.)

Activity: After discussion, ask your students to draw their own superhero character.

Discuss: When they are finished, discuss what they created:

  • What did you create?
  • What inspired your character?
  • What makes your superhero different from or better than any other?
  • How is yours similar to other superheroes?
  • Have you ever seen a movie or played a video game that made you want to make something?

Say: I’m going to play a short video. As you watch the video, think about how you would feel if this situation happened to you. What would you do? Watch: Play the It's Great to Create and Play Fair (Video) - Video with your students.

Discuss: It’s great to create. And, it’s great to recognize how others’ creations inspire our new creations. We want to be fair when we’re using each other’s creative work.

  • What did you think about that situation? What was going on?
  • These students combined their work to make something new — the t-shirt.
  • What would you do in that situation?
  • Did these friends treat each other fairly?
  • What if she had wanted to add a ballerina tutu or big boots or glasses to the dragon?
  • Do you think the boy would have liked that?
  • Do you think that would be fair?
  • How would you have felt?


Creating new things is fun — art, music, movies, paper creations, structures, even buildings! It’s great to create and share and be inspired — as long as we respect each other as artists and play fair.


Give the students a journal prompt to help them process some of the things that they encountered during the day. You can choose one of the prompts below, or make up your own.

Journal Prompts:

  • Draw a feeling face in the corner of your journal page
  • Think of a superhero that one of your classmates made. Can you draw your own picture of that superhero? Give proper credit to your classmate as the creator of the original version.

Extended Learning

Please be sure to visit Copyright & Creativity to find more lessons on digital sharing and creative rights.

Standards Alignment

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CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards (2017)

AP - Algorithms & Programming
  • 1A-AP-13 - Give attribution when using the ideas and creations of others while developing programs.

Cross-curricular Opportunities

This list represents opportunities in this lesson to support standards in other content areas.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

SL - Speaking & Listening
  • 1.SL.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • 1.SL.1.a - Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
  • 1.SL.1.b - Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.