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Show Respect Online (K-2)

How can you make sure your emails are clear and respectful?

Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful emails. Students begin by discussing how to be clear and respectful when they talk with people, either face to face or on the telephone. They explore the concept of tone, then compare and contrast what it is like to communicate face to face versus online. Students learn some rules that can help them express themselves clearly and respectfully when they write email messages. They then apply what they have learned by editing an email message.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • understand how to show respect in social situations.
  • recognize the importance of tone in both face-to-face and online communications.
  • learn rules for writing clear and respectful emails by editing an email message.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards: 

Grade K: RL.1, RL.4, RL.10, RI.1, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4, W.2, W.5, W.7, W.8, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.6

Grade 1: RL.1, RL.4, RI.1, RI.4, RI.10, RF.4a, W.5, W.7, W.8, L.6

Grade 2: RL.1, RI.4, RI.10, W.2, W.5, W.7, W.8, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.3, SL.6, L.6


5a, 5d


1a, 3a, 3b, 3d, 4a-d, 5a-f

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