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Digital Citizenship: 8th Grade

Free Speech

Essential Understanding:

Free speech norms have changed with the advent of the Internet and social media.

Learning Outcome(s):

• Students will know and be able to understand how companies and government institutions balance protected free speech with speech considered hateful, harmful and/ or offensive.

Common Core Standard(s):

• SL.8.2. Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind the presentation.

IFC Skills:

• Experiments with various types of multimedia software and online applications for artistic and personal expression

Resources

Gale Online Newsfeed about Free Speech

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Email and Online Communication Etiquette

Essential Understanding:

Being mindful and respectful in all communication forms ensures misunderstandings, conflicts, and confusion will not happen.

Learning Outcome(s):

• Students will understand what the do’s and don’ts are for various means of digital communication.

Common Core Standard(s):

• SL.8.2. Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind the presentation.

IFC Skills:

• Experiments with various types of multimedia software and online applications for artistic and personal expression.

Resources

Gale Online Newsfeed about Social Media Etiquette

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Cyber Vigilantism

Essential Understanding:

Everyone has a role to play in preventing online cruelty.

Learning Outcome(s):

• Students will know and be able to recognize cyber vigilantism as a form of bullying and how to prevent it.

Common Core Standard(s):

• SL.8.1. c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

IFC Skills:

• Seeks ideas and opinions from others, including experts in the field.

Resources

Gale Online Newsfeed about Internet Shaming

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