Lesson Plan

Hate 2.0 - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 8-10

Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 3-4 hours

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


This lesson starts with an interactive quiz that teaches students about the ways in which hate may be encountered online. After completing the quiz, students discuss the issues raised and the strategies modeled for confronting online hate. 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

To play the Hate 2.0 quiz, click here.

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

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