Forms and Norms (6-8)

What are the norms of positive online communication?

Students will learn the forms and norms of effective communication in an online context.

Students begin by role-playing greetings to various types of people (e.g., grandma, teacher, best friend) to demonstrate that there are different norms about how to interact with different people. They engage in a dramatic reading of written online transcripts, such as an email exchange or IM chat between two people. Finally, they work with a partner to identify ways that we modify communication based on the audience, context, and purpose.

Students will be able to ...

  • learn how to effectively analyze online communications, identifying their form, audience, and purpose.
  • recognize that not understanding the forms and norms of online communication can lead to misunderstandings and even ill will.
  • be able to modify their forms and norms of communication, both digital and print, depending on the audience.

 

Common Core: coming soon!

NETS•S: 1a-b, 2a-b, 4a-c, 5a-b