Grade 6

Who Are You Online?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of presenting yourself in different ways online?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

What does it actually mean to "be yourself" or to "be "real"? Those are deep thoughts for any middle-schooler. For kids today, these questions matter online, too. Help your students explore why some people create different or alternate personas for themselves online and on social media.

Students will be able to:
  • Reflect on reasons why people might create fake social media accounts.
  • Identify the possible results of posting from a fake social media account.
  • Debate the benefits and drawbacks of posting from multiple accounts.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
Why "Finstas"?
10 mins.
Explore:
Which Me Should I Be?
15 mins.
Debate:
The Finsta Debate
20 mins.

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Student and family resources also available in Spanish
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Lesson Slides
Video: Teen Voices: Presenting Yourself Online Watch
Student Handout: The Finsta Debate Student Version
Lesson Quiz Editable Google form Answer Key
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