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.

Thinking About Hate - 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.

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

Lesson Kit