Lesson Plan

Behind the @

For every "@" there is a person behind the posts. Does your @ reflect who you really what to be?
Anna R.
Media specialist/librarian
Muscle Shoals High School
Muscle Shoals, United States
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Students will be able to...

  • recognize the responsibility they have when they post on social media
  • realize that what they post reflects who they are, or at least how others perceive
English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

  • Give students "How do you want to be remembered?" and give a few minutes to complete.
  • Then give them access to the Social Media Self Inventory by Teaching Sam & Scout. (They will need to access a social media account)
  • Once both are completed, ask them if who they want to be matched with what they are sharing on social media.

2 Instruction

After we focus and discuss what their @ relects, we take the real world example of Justine Sacco. The clip showes both sides of Justine's @. 

After watching the clip,

  • discuss Justine's poor choice of words. How her words did not convey what she was hoping.
  • discuss how comments by others destroyed her life. Even thought you do not know the person and it is just a @name does not mean that that is not in fact a real person effected by the tweets and comments of others. 

Note: Due to time with studnets and some content in the clip, I set the video up by explaining who Justine is what she tweeted. Then I start it at 9:34.

3 Wrap up

Have students open whatever social media they use most and post something postive. This can be an original post, a comment, or share. After they post, have them show you.