Becoming a Web Celeb (9-12)
Students reflect on the possibilities and perils of an online world in which anyone can become a celebrity overnight. Students analyze the journeys of real “Web celebs,” including some of the harsh comments they’ve received online, and recognize how these comments may affect other viewers as well as their targets. Students then engage in a discussion about gender roles, thinking critically about the different pressures men and women may face in the public eye.
Students will be able to ...
- evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of becoming an online celebrity, using case studies to frame and support their arguments.
- identify the different kinds of criticism that men and women receive as they gain public attention, and how this reflects broader gender roles.
- discuss the impact that negative comments can have on both their targets and their viewers.
Alignment with Standards
Common Core State Standards:
Grades 9-10: RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.4, SL.5, SL.6, L.6
Grades 11-12: RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.4, SL.5, SL.6, L.6
2a, 2b, 3a, 3d, 7b, 7d
1a-e, 3a, 3d, 4a-d, 5a, 5d-f