Hate 2.0 - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 8-10

Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 1 1/2– 2 hours

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


This lesson is designed to be delivered after students have completed at least one of the following lessons: Thinking About Hate, Scapegoating and Othering and Hate or Debate. In groups, students research an online environment (such as social networking sites) and a particular example of that environment (such as Facebook) to learn the issues, strategies and tools relating to online hate in that environment.

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

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • learn about the ways in which people, and youth in particular, may be exposed to hate
  • learn how hate groups use user-generated content sites to spread their message and appeal to youth
  • learn how to respond to hate content in social networking sites and other user-generated content
  • learn how to flag or report hate speech online

Home and School Connection

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

Hate 2.0 - Plug and play video lesson

This video version of the above lesson plan is designed so that teachers can present the lesson on a screen or digital whiteboard with minimal preparation. The video lesson is presented by one of MediaSmarts' media education specialists and includes opportunities for discussion, classroom activities and assessment. You will find the handouts and/or assignment sheets for the lesson in the link below the video.



pdf Hate 2.0

Lesson Kit