Lesson Plan

Seven Deadly Digital Sins

Students will pair modern technologies to each of the original seven deadly sins.
Kristin H.
Classroom teacher
Garnet Valley High School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to... 

  • identify and explain the original seven deadly sins
  • pair each original sin with a modern media platform and explain the connection
  • account for their own online "footprint"
English Language Arts
Grades 12
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Teacher Notes
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1 Attention Getter

Teacher should show clip from blockbuster movie Seven (NOTE-- showing other clips from movie is NOT recommended based on film's rating.)  Students and teacher should list out the original seven deadly sins.  Teacher should define any unfamiliar terms (i.e. gluttony) for students. 

After teacher and students have compiled a list, students should work to pair each of the seven deadly sins with a modern media platform.  Teacher may want to provide an example (i.e. envy= Facebook.  I feel envious of all the great vacations and recipes my friends are always posting about.)

2 Independent Practice

Teacher should pass out the worksheet and direct students to the Seven Deadly Digital Sins website.  (NOTE- Teacher will want to preview this website for suitability.  Not all portions of the site may be appropriate for all classes.)

Teacher will want to choose one sin to showcase as an example for students.  As I usually teach this lesson with Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, I may choose to showcase "envy."  Each sin is paired with video clips, articles, and surveys which students can explore.

I like to allow my students to explore the website at their own pace and interest-level.  I usually require them to explore and reflect on at least three of the "deadly digital sins."