Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship Nine Pillars

Using the Jigsaw method students will learn from each other
Valerie H.
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Wemrock Brook Elementary School
Manalapan, NJ
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Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of what the nine pillars of good digital citizenship is by preparing a unit for students to learn about each pillar. This jigsaw method of learning will enhance their understanding of the topic. 

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5
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1 Hook: What is citizenship?

Activity: Investigating

To draw upon prior knowledge , you will be discovering what the students know initially about "citizenship" and ultimately "digital citizenship"

Students will discover that citizenship in the actual world can be broad or focused. Digital citizenship may have only one area (the virtual world) but many facets (the nine pillars)

An active discussion based on your students can be done either as a whole class or in small groups or partners.

Student Instructions

Discuss with your team/partner/group: 

  • Can you tell me what you are a citizen of?
  • Can you be a citizen of more than one place?
  • How would you describe "Digital Citizenship" and is there more than one digital world? Why or why not?
  • Think of as many areas of the digital world that people may need to learn how to navigate (extra points if you can think of nine!)


2 Direct Instruction: The Nine Elements

You will give the students the link and a brief overview of the nine elements of digital citizenship. Using the nine elements, they will work in teams to learn more about one of the nine elements and create a presentation or some other form of instruction that they will share with the class. 

The final product they share can be determined by you, can be from a choice board (Slideshow, video, play, handout, etc.), or can be their own idea that meets your approval. 

Student Instructions

Using the link provided to you, you will briefly review the nine elements that make up digital citizenship. 

You will then meet with the other members of your group and decide which element you want to focus your project on and present the element and the project idea to your teacher. 

After receiving teacher approval, you will have time to delve into your topic more deeply, find research and information, and create a 9 minute presentation to teach the class about your element.

The entire class will take a final assessment which combined with your group project score based on the rubric. 

3 Guided Practice: Delving Deeper Into Your Element

Once given their element, groups will begin by first understanding more about their topic. They can use the resources on the links provided as a starting point, but can search on their own for more information if needed or desired. 

After a group discussion about what the element is, groups will decide how to present the information to the class. Do they want to make a video, a slideshow, a poster or handout? 

Given an appropriate amount of time for their project, students will present or deliver their message to the class. The following period, a final assessment will be taken and turned in as part of a summative assessment for the lesson. 

Student Instructions

Discuss your element with your group:

  • What do you already know about it?
  • What do you want to learn about it?
  • How can you go about finding more information?

If you need resources, be sure to visit the additional links in this section. 

Once you understand your element, discuss with your group how you want to share the information with the rest of the class. It can be through a slideshow, a handout, a video, or any combination of ways to get your ideas out to the class. 

4 Wrap It Up: Present Your Pillar

Activity: Presenting

After sufficient time to create their presentations, students will present to the classmates.

When all groups have presented, a final assessment will be given to all the class. To create the final quiz, each group will submit 3 multiple-choice questions and one essay topic. Compile the group questions into a Google Form for easy grading. 

As a final wrap up, meet with the class and hold a discussion on how their attitudes and feelings have changed as a result of the activity. 


Student Instructions

You will receive a group grade for your presentation and an individual grade on the quiz. The two grades will be averaged together for one final grade. 

You must submit with your presentation, three multiple-choice questions and one essay question (include answers for all, please.)

When all groups have presented and submitted their quiz questions, you will take the quiz independently.