Grade 12

We Are Civil Communicators

How can we communicate with civility online?
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This lesson meets standards for ISTE.

When we talk about our personal beliefs and politics, passions can run high -- especially when we're online. These intense moments can often lead to tit-for-tat insults, or worse. But, if addressed calmly and coolly, they can be an opportunity to find common ground and deeper understanding. Teach students to keep disagreements civil so their ideas will be heard and so they can advocate for positive change.

Students will be able to:
  • Define civil discourse and identify why it can be challenging on the internet.
  • Analyze resources to identify the causes and effects of uncivil online discourse.
  • Learn strategies for civil discourse and apply them to a scenario involving uncivil discourse.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 55 mins.
Social Megaphone
10 mins.
Disconnected Discourse
25 mins.
20 mins.

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Video: Civil Discourse Online Watch
Student Handout: Disconnected Discourse Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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