Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship- Empathy and Relationships using Digital Compass

Students will use digital compass to learn and practice showing empathy in online situations
Jenny D.
Special education instructor
Garnet Valley Middle School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to identify the importance of using empathy online and how to combat cyber-bullying and digital drama.

English Language Arts
Health & Wellness
Grades 6 – 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/attention getter

Students are shown the beginning of the Cyber Bullying/Digital Heartbreak story in which Rhoda must decide how to handle digital drama with a friend.

2 Direct Instruction

The teacher provides direct instruction/review of the concepts of empathy and thinking about others. The teacher presents reasons/instruction explaining why it is important to practice empathy/relationship skills online.

3 Guided Practice

Teacher facilitates Cyber bullying/Digital Heartbreak story with the class. The teacher asks students for input on Rhoda's decisions. Each decision provided opportunity for inquiry and discussion regarding the impact of her decisions on others and if the decision is a good way to show empathy or not.

4 Independent Practice

Instruct students to pay game at end of the story for further practice.

Student Instructions

Students play mini-game for further practice in digital citizenship decision making.

5 Wrap Up

Reflective Writing prompt- give students writing prompt- "Think back upon your decisions. Which choice did you make that led Rhoda most astray? How applicable do you think that scenario is to your daily life?"

Student Instructions

Complete writing prompt and discuss with the class