Rescue Union School District

GR 6-8 Digital Curriculum

Middle School teachers will have flexibility to complete the lessons below or collaborate with their site administration to create and document appropriate lessons for their grade levels. 
Teachers will need to override YouTube videos. 

Recognizing and Reporting Inappropriate Online Behavior

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 Topic: Recognizing and Reporting Inappropriate Online Behavior
 Lesson Title: How should you handle inappropriate online talk?
Introductory Question(s) and/or Background Information: 
 
This lesson is about 45 minutes and has three teaching components including the video section.
  • INVITE students to raise their hand if they have ever heard the saying, “Don’t talk to strangers.”
  • ASK: How might this “rule” change when we communicate online?
  • DEFINE: Vocabulary term "opportunity", "inappropriate", "risky", "harass"

Discussion Ideas:

  • Connecting with people online may not always be safe.
  • Students can get themselves into inappropriate situations. 
  • It is important to knew how to identify an inappropriate situation and how to deal with it.
Video URL or Scenario:  "Perspectives on Chatting Safely Online"
Follow Up Questions:
  • Ask the student to self reflect in a journal or a blog.
  • What are some of the opportunities and some of the pitfalls of connecting with people online?
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where you had a “gut feeling” telling you that you may be at risk?
  • What are some rules for staying safe when talking and messaging online?
Lesson URL if Applicable: 
Additional Information:
  • Students watch the video “Stacey’s Story – When Rumors Escalate,” a documentary-style story in which a girl reflects on what it was like to be the target of cyberbullying.
  • Students then discuss the video and related case studies in the Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line Discussion Guide.
Alignment with Common Core State Standards:
  • Grade 6: RI.7, RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6
  • Grade 7: RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6
  • Grade 8: RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6

Cyber Bullying and Family Involvement

Topic: Cyber Bullying - Lesson 1
Lesson Title: Families and Cyberbullying
Introductory Question(s) and or background information:
  • How can families get involved in preventing cyberbullying?

Video URL or Scenario:

 
Follow up questions:
  • Does bullying count if it happens at home?
  • Is cyberbullying the same as, worse than, or better than bullying that happens in person?
  • What would you do if you found someone bullying someone from your school online?
Lesson URL (if applicable): 
Alignment with Common Core State Standards:
 
  • Grade 6: RI.7, RI.8, W.4, W.6, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6
  • Grade 7: RI.10, W.6, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6
  • Grade 8: RI.10, W.4, W.6, W.7, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.6, L.6
 

Cyberbullying and Online Ethics

Topic: Cyber Bullying - Lesson 2
Lesson Title: Online Ethics
Introductory Question(s) and or background information:
  • Have you ever seen somebody be bullied?
  • Is there a difference between bullying in real life and bullying on the Internet?
  • What are some ways that you and your friends tease each other online for fun?
  • What should you do if you receive a message that is hurtful or hateful?

Video URL or Scenario:

Follow up questions:
  • How can you get help if you feel you are getting cyber-bullied?
  • Where can you turn for help when bullied? Who can you tell?
  • What do you do if you know someone who is being bullied? 
Lesson URL (if applicable): 

Additional Information:
 

Social Networks

Topic: Social Networks 
 Lesson Title: Dangers of Social Networking

Introductory Question(s) and or background information: 

  •  Who still uses Facebook? What about Snapchat or Instagram?  What social media do you use?

 Video URL or Scenario: 

Video on Sexting for 8th Grade:  (7th grade may benefit)

Follow up questions:

  • How many pictures have you posted online?
  • What is one clear danger of posting pictures?
  • Who can see your photos?
Lesson URL (if applicable)

Additional Information:

Understanding Copyright Laws

Topic: Understanding copyright laws 
 Lesson Title: Internet Copying

Introductory Question(s) and or background information:

  • When we talk about Cut-Copy-Paste, what are we talking about?

Video URL or Scenario: (Videos are on the lower right of the screen)

Follow up questions:

  •  What are 3 reasons why copying from the internet is a bad idea?
  • What might happen to you when your teacher finds out that you copied from the internet
Lesson URL (if applicable)
 Additional Information:
  •   A little dated, but fun...