Common Sense on the Common Core Videos
Common Sense Media partnered with Teaching Channel to produce this series of nine videos spotlighting how our lessons meet critical ELA Common Core standards for middle school. Check them out for inspiration from teachers and students in New York City and San Francisco Bay Area public schools. See how our lessons align and view the standards on the Common Core State Standards website.
Creating a Snapshot of Digital Media Use
Students log and create a chart of their media use, learning how to present data visually to enhance understanding.
Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites
Students learn to assess the trustworthiness of informational websites, providing reasoning and evidence for their analysis.
Understanding "Fair Use" in a Digital World
Students judge whether or not video remixes fall under fair use, evaluating visual content and presenting supporting evidence.
Cyberbullying: What's Crossing the Line?
Students analyze case studies to determine if cyberbullying is taking place, evaluating speaker point of view and presenting information orally.
Improving Research Skills with Effective Keywords
Students learn how different keywords produce different search results online, and practice selecting effective search keywords.
Online Talk: What's Safe and What's Risky?
Students assess the riskiness of different scenarios about communicating with strangers online, making inferences from the text and elaborating in the discussion.
Exploring the Concept of Online Privacy
Understanding the Impact of Digital Footprints
Students analyze social networking profiles, citing textual evidence for a debate about the pros and cons of having a digital footprint.
The Good and Bad of Using Different Online Personas
Students read case studies to make inferences about whether playing with identity online is harmful or harmless, analyzing how characters interact in a text and drawing conclusions.