Old Classics With New Copyrights

Lesson Plan: Literary Classics Become Public Domain in 2019

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. obscure |əbˈskyo͝or| adjective (obscurer, obscurest) not clearly expressed or easily understood: obscure references to Proust.
  2. copyright |ˈkäpēˌrīt| noun the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same: he issued a writ for breach of copyright | works whose copyrights had lapsed.
  3. consequences |ˈkänsikwəns| noun –1 a result or effect of an action or condition: many have been laid off from work as a consequence of the administration’s policies.
  4. boon |bo͞on|noun 1 [usually in singular] a thing that is helpful or beneficial: the navigation system will be a boon to both civilian and military users.
  5. deluge |ˈdelyo͞o(d)ZH| noun-a great quantity of something arriving at the same time: a deluge of complaints.
  6. integrity |inˈteɡrədē| nounthe condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction: the structural integrity of the novel.
  7. skewed |skyo͞o| verb [no object] [with object] make biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading: the curriculum is skewed toward the practical subjects.
  8. prolonged |prəˈlôNGd| adjective-continuing for a long time or longer than usual; lengthy: the region suffered a prolonged drought.
  9. adapt |əˈdapt| verb [with object]  • alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage: the miniseries was adapted from Wouk’s novel.
  10. domain  |dōˈmān|   noun  a specified sphere of activity or knowledge: the expanding domain of psychology | figurative : visual communication is the domain of the graphic designer.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I -2-Books

Books are going to be available in a much wider variety.


These books belong to the people.


It’s difficult to say exactly how many works will enter the public domain this January.

Reading Comprehension


In anticipation of a flood of new editions of Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” when the copyright expires in 2021, the Fitzgerald estate and his publisher, Scribner, released a new edition of the novel in April, hoping to position it as the definitive version of the text.

The novel has sold around 30 million copies worldwide, and continues to sell more than 500,000 copies a year in the United States alone.