Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship Introduction: Middle School Edition

A jumping off point for year long learning about Digital Citizenship in Middle School.
Samantha D.
Technology coordinator
Jacksonville North Pulaski School District
Jacksonville, United States
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Students will be able to...

1. Understand the concept of Digital Citizenship.

2. Examine how Digital Citizenship relates to their life. 

English Language Arts
Health & Wellness
Grades 6 – 7
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

-Start this lesson by asking students what they think Digital Citizenship. It's extremely important that at the beginning of this discussion, students feel that their beliefs and ideas are important. 

-After discussing have students take some silent reflection time to answer the question, "What is Digital Citizenship to you?" This gives students an immediate connection to the topic. Use either Socrative, or Answer Garden (linked above), that way students can see their peers thoughts as they work. 

Student Instructions

Think about what Digital Citizenship is to you and how it relates to your life.

1. Share with your table partner

2. Contribute to our class discussion on _____________ (Socrative, or Answer Garden - teacher's choice).

2 Direct Instruction & Guided/Independent Practice

-After having students discuss what Digital Citizenship is, and respond about how it relates to them, you'll show them a video clip about Digital Citizenship. It's important to make sure you're staying on point with your video relates to their discussion responses. There's two videos linked above; one deals with statistics on internet users, and one talks about over sharing. Use the video that relates best to your students discussion (if you have a squirrelly class, the Common Sense over sharing video is from Flocabulary and will keep them interested! 

- Then discuss the video for a short amount of time and lead students into the next piece of the lesson, a reading. 

- Have students break into pairs and prepare two pieces of text for them to read on digital citizenship. I took the "What to Know" sections from two Common Sense Media Pages (Linked above), and put them into Prizm. You could also put them into any document, or just give your kids the link. The important thing is that the texts are short, easy to read, and fact filled. 

-Number students off in pairs, as #1 and #2. They will then read the article attached to their number (Article #1 or #2). 

-Then they have to tell their partner a detailed summary fo their article in a timed pair-share (60 seconds for each partner). 

-Then, they must answer a question on Padlet, or Socrative (teacher's choice) about their partners article. 

Student Instructions

For this activity you'll be reading an article and applying what we've learned today. Click on the number below of the article you were asked to read, either #1 or #2.

1. Get into your partnerships and remember your number!

2. Read and highlight your article

3. Think about about the key points in your article that you need to share, maybe even jot notes down!

4. Once you've read and highlighted, share a detailed summary of your article with you partner

5. Then respond on our class shelf Padlet or Socrative about your partners article and answer this question, "What did your article show you about Digital Citizenship? What about this relates to your life?"...AKA share those great thoughts!!!

3 Wrap Up

-After all the reading and responding, it's pivotal to have a wrap up discussion and tell students where all this conversation is going to take them. 

-Discuss with students that Digital Citizenship is going to be a topic you work on all year long, and lifelong outside of school. 

-Then introduce the Digital Compass game and that becomes the exciting "What's Up Next?" for the class. This gets them excited about coming days of class and ready to practice the skills they started learning today. 

- This lesson is heavy on discussion so observation and students Padlet's or Socratives will serve as your proof of leaning goal achievement and formative assessment. 

Student Instructions

1. Have students discuss each others responses in a pair share, and then whole class discussion.

2. Show students Digital Compass, and if time permits let them begin interacting with it.