Lesson Plan

Thinking about Hate - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 8-10

Author: MediaSmarts

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


In this lesson, students develop their critical thinking skills by learning to recognize various types of bad faith arguments, including those that are used by hate mongers to spread misinformation and fuel hatred and intolerance. 

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

Learning Outcomes

The students will:

  • understand the importance of questioning any sort of information that is intended to persuade us
  • learn to recognize the “logic gaps and errors” in information that is presented as fact
  • become aware of both the blatant and subtle ways in which hatred is promoted in society ?
  • strengthen their own writing and debating skills.

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

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