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English Reading Practice – Copyright

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Viola to write poems. is in the sixth grade. She writes least six poems a day. So, she is very when her teacher gives the a poetry assignment.

The assignment is to a poem about birds. Viola has many about birds already, but she writes a one anyway. She works very hard on and is proud to give it the morning.

Later that day, Viola's teacher asks talk to her during recess. Viola cannot what the teacher wants!

The teacher shows a poem. It is one of her poems! She wonders how the teacher got poem.

The teacher says, "Shannon says this her poem, but this sounds a lot your poems. Does this look familiar to ?"

Viola tells the teacher yes, this is poem, not Shannon's!
Later, the class returns recess. The teacher says, "Class, we need to talk about ."

The students look . This word is new to them.

The teacher , "Copyright is a law that protects our . When we create something, it is protected copyright. This means that no one is to steal it. We have the right to our own ideas, and to get for them. No one else can use and present them like their own."

Viola Shannon looking at the floor.

The teacher . "It is wrong to steal someone else's ."

Later that day, Shannon apologizes to Viola, Viola offers to help Shannon create her bird poem.