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Common Sense Media Curriculum

On this page you will find information for Common Sense Media lessons.

Elementary school librarians must teach the two required lessons for grades 3-5.  All other lessons are optional for elementary, but are recommended.  New lessons for grades K-2  ARE NOW HERE!

Secondary school librarians are encouraged to work with their career and tech, English/Language arts, and human growth and development teachers on teaching CSM lessons.  New lessons for 9-12 ARE NOW HERE!

If you would like, you can see more lessons from Common Sense Media at https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/curriculum  

Transitioning to using the new curriculum from old? Click Here

For assistance, please contact Melissa Cleaver. 

Elementary School Integration

Middle School Integration

High School Integration

All elementary librarians are required to teach at least two lessons per grade level in each grades 3 – 5.

 

One additional lesson in each grade level will support instructional requirements needed to become a Common Sense School.

 

 

 

Teacher and student device refresh will be contingent upon continued Common Sense School recognition.

 

Career and Tech Ed (CTE) teachers will teach three lessons in the appropriate course.

 

Human Growth and Development (HGD) have supplemental curriculum lessons built in to their Comprehensive Sex Education curriculum.

 

English Language Arts classrooms are invited to use supplemental resources for media literacy skills supporting their curriculum and pacing guides.

 

To reach instructional requirements to become a Common Sense School, middle schools will teach three lessons across three entire grade levels, or five lessons across two entire grade levels.

 

Teacher and student device refresh will be contingent upon continued Common Sense School recognition.

 

Career and Tech Ed (CTE) teachers will teach three lessons in the appropriate course.

 

Human Growth and Development (HGD) have supplemental curriculum lessons built in to their Comprehensive Sex Education curriculum.

 

English Language Arts classrooms are invited to use supplemental resources for media literacy skills supporting their curriculum and pacing guides.

 

To reach instructional requirements to become a Common Sense School, high schools will teach three lessons across three entire grade levels, or five lessons across two entire grade levels.

 

Teacher and student device refresh will be contingent upon continued Common Sense School recognition.

Elementary Lessons

Grade Level

Content Area

Topic Theme

Former Lesson (2009)

Updated Lesson (2019)

3

Library – REQUIRED

Media Balance & Well- Bring

Rings of Responsibility

Rings of Responsibility

3

Library – REQUIRED

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

3

Library – BONUS

News & Media Literacy

Picture Perfect

Is Seeing Believing?

4

Library – REQUIRED

Privacy & Security

Private and Personal Information

Private and Personal Information

4

Library – REQUIRED

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

Super Digital Citizen

Super Digital Citizen

4

Library – BONUS

News & Media Literacy

A Creator’s Rights

A Creator’s Rights and Responsibilities

5

Library – REQUIRED

Media Balance & Well- Being

-

Finding My Media  Balance

5

Library – REQUIRED

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

 Wh a t’s Cyb e rbu llying

 Wh a t’s Cyb e rbu llying

5

Library - BONUS

News & Media Literacy

-

Reading News Online

 

Middle School Integration

 

Grade Level

Content Area

Topic Theme

Former Lesson (2009)

Updated Lesson (2019)

6

Career & Tech Education

Media Balance & Well- Bring

Digital Life 101

Finding Balance in a Digital World

6

Career & Tech Education

Privacy & Security

Scams & Schemes

Don’t Feed the Phish

6

Career & Tech Education

Digital Footprint & Identity

-

Who Are You Online?

6

English Language Arts (Q2 or Q3)

Relationships & Communication

-

Chatting Safely Online

6

English Language Arts

News & Media Literacy

Strategic Searching

Finding Credible News

6

Human Growth & Development

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

Digital Drama Unplugged

7

Career & Tech Education

Media Balance & Well- Being

My Media

My Media Use: A  Personal Challenge

7

Career & Tech Education

Digital Footprint & Identity

Which Me Should I Be?

The Power of Digital  Footprints

7

Career & Tech Education

Relationships & Communication

-

My Social Media Life

7

English Language Arts

News & Media Literacy

Rework, Reuse, Remix

The Four Factors of Fair  Use

7

Human Growth & Development

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

Cyberbullying: Be  Upstanding

Upstanders and Allies:  Taking Action Against  Cyberbullying

7

Human Growth & Development

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

-

Responding to Online  Hate Speech

8

Career & Tech Education

Media Balance & Well- Being

-

Digital Media and Your Brain

8

Career & Tech Education

Privacy and Security

-

Being Aware of What You Share

8

Career & Tech Education

Digital Footprint & Identity

Trillion Dollar Footprint

Social Media and Digital Footprints: Our Responsibilities

8

English Language Arts

News & Media Literacy

Identifying High Quality Sites

This Just In!

8

Human Growth & Development

Relationships & Communication

Overexposed: Sexting and Relationships

Sexting and Relationships

8

Human Growth & Development

Privacy & Security

What’s the Big Deal About Internet Privacy

Big, Big Data

8

Human Growth & Development

Digital Footprint & Identity

Oops! I Broadcast it on the Internet

-

8

Human Growth & Development

Relationships & Communication

The Sexting Handbook from Common Sense Education

The Sexting Handbook from Common Sense Education

High School Integration

 

Grade Level

Content Area

Topic Theme

Former Lesson (2009)

Updated Lesson (2019)

9

Career & Tech Education

Media Balance & Well- Being

-

Social Media and How You Feel

9

Career & Tech Education

Media Balance & Well- Being

Digital Life 102

My Digital Media Life is Like…

9

Career & Tech Education

Privacy & Security

-

The Big Data Dilemma

9

Career & Tech Education

Digital Footprint & Identity

Who Are You Online?

Protecting Online Reputations

 

9

English Language Arts

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

Turn Down the Dial on  Cyberbullying

What You Send In "That Moment When..."

9

English Language Arts

Relationships and Communication

-

Chatting and Red Flags

9

English Language Arts

News & Media Literacy

-

Hoaxes and Fakes

10

English Language Arts (Q1)

News & Media Literacy

-

Challenging Confirmation Bias

10

English Language Arts (Q3)

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

Building Community Online

Countering Hate Speech Online

10

English Language Arts

Relationships and Communication

-

Rewarding Relationships

11

English Language Arts

Digital Footprint & Identity

College Bound

Who’s Looking at Your Digital Footprint?

11

English Language Arts

Relationships and Communication

-

Connecting with Digital Audiences

11

English Language Arts

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

-

Online Disinhibition and Cyberbullying

12

English Language Arts

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech

Breaking Down Hate Speech

Should Online Hate Speech Be Censored?

12

English Language Arts

Media Balance & Well- Being

-

The Health Effects of Screen Time

12

English Language Arts

Digital Footprint & Identity

-

The Change You Want to See

12

English Language Arts

Relationships and Communication

-

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