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Who Are You Online? (9-12)

How do you present yourself to the world online and offline?

Students explore how they and others represent themselves online, and the relationship between online and offline selves. Students begin by looking at a slideshow of people and their avatars and reflecting on how people can present themselves online. Students then watch a video of a teen talking about what it means to be “real” or “fake” online and discuss the video in groups, relating these issues to their own online selves. They learn that assuming different personas online carries both benefits and risks.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • reflect on the similarities and differences in how people represent themselves online and offline.
  • understand that they might choose to show different parts of themselves online, depending on context and audience.
  • consider the risks and benefits of assuming different personas online, and think critically about what it means to be genuine in an online context.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grades 9-10: RL.4, RL.10, RI.4, RI.10, SL.1a-d, SL.2-5, L.4a, L.6

Grades 11-12: RL.4, RL.10, RI.4, RI.10, SL.1a-d, SL.2-5, L.4a, L.6


2a, 2b, 3a, 3d, 7b, 7d


1a, 1b, 5a-f

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