Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Digital Etiquette, and supports the standard of recognizing safe, appropriate, positive, and responsible online behavior and identify strategies to combat negative online behavior.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: How is communication online different from talking in person? How is it the same?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a BrainPOP-stye movie in which Tim and Moby model positive online behavior in their communication between each other. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies how online communication might differ based on different situations, like in an email to a teacher or a comment on a friend’s post. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game in which players sort online messages by whether or not they are clear and appropriate for their audience. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about digital etiquette. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How can you respond to negative online behavior like trolling? 
  • Why is it important to use digital etiquette whenever you communicate online? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Digital Etiquette Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Analyze a real-world situation involving digital etiquette with a Primary Source.

Continue to build understanding around digital citizenship with BrainPOP’s Digital Citizenship topics, games, and teacher resources.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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