Grade 8

Responding to Online Hate Speech

How should you respond to online hate speech?

Students can come across all kinds of negative content online and on social media, whether it's rude, mean, or even hateful. But what should students do when they encounter hate speech online? Have  students think through digital dilemmas and identify the best ways to respond.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Examine and respond to a piece of artwork about the power of technology.
  • Analyze an online hate speech dilemma using the Feelings & Options steps.
  • Identify specific actions to positively affect a situation involving hate speech.
Key Vocabulary: anonymous  ·  cyberbullying  ·  hate speech
without a name or other information that identifies who you are
using digital devices, sites, and apps to intimidate, harm, and upset someone
hate speech:
an attack using any form of communication targeting a person or people because of a group they belong to -- race, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, etc.
Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

Blank paper ·  Pen or pencil  
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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Hurtful Meme Dilemma Handout Teacher Version
  • Fake Account Dilemma Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources