Challenging Hate Online Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 10-12

Duration: 2– 2 1/2 hours

Author: MediaSmarts

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


In this lesson students learn how digital media is used to promote or combat hatred and intolerance. The class begins with a discussion on the different ways that hate organizations disseminate their messages using digital media and how this medium offers the potential to work against hatred and intolerance. In a jigsaw activity, students visit and analyze the supporting websites of five anti-hate organizations/initiatives and then apply what they've learned to the development of their own anti-hate campaigns.

This lesson is part of the Facing Online Hate lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Explore the issue of hate and various ways to challenge it
  • Be aware of the strategies used by anti-hate organizations to promote tolerance and respect
  • Understand how the Internet can be used to facilitate the promotion of tolerance and respect
  • Recognize the characteristics of a successful awareness campaign
  • Understand the role we all can play in countering racism and intolerance

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.