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Which Me Should I Be? (6-8)

What are the outcomes of presenting yourself in different ways online?

Students learn that presenting themselves in different ways online carries both benefits and risks. Students first consider what it means to adopt a different identity online. Next, they watch the video, “Henry’s Story – Creating Online Identities,” and discuss their responses to the different ways Henry presents himself to others on the Internet. Students complete the Take a Stand Student Handout, where they explore the ethics of exaggerating, deceiving, or adopting a different identity online. They complete the lesson by reflecting on the choices they make when they present themselves in different ways online, and the benefits and risks involved in doing so.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • reflect on the benefits and risks of presenting their identities in different ways online.
  • evaluate – from an ethical point of view – the feelings, motivations, contexts, and possible outcomes associated with adopting different roles online.
  • judge whether certain ways people present themselves online are harmless or harmful.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

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

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

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


1a, 1b, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5a


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

Additional Lesson Materials

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