(Emily) Posting in the Digital World


Students will become digital citizens, according to the ISTE standard,  by developing and teaching each other the best practices for behaving in the digital world. 


Students will produce a product that will teach others about positive digital etiquette that will demonstrate their understanding of digital citizenship. 


This lesson will be conducted over a period of six weeks during a 20-minute library instructional time.  This schedule allows for rumination time, and hopefully will provide opportunities for classroom collaboration.

Week 1: What is etiquette?

  • Discuss the term etiquette. Show the Emily Post Etiquette Poster.
  • Show the archival video: Why are manners important? Archival video
  • Divide class into 6 groups.  Each group will be given a different social setting[1], listed below, and will brainstorm, what are the etiquette rules for that situation.
    • Meeting new people/entertaining
    • Dinner / mealtime
    • Everyday manners
    • Correspondence
    • Sporting events
    • In public
  • Groups share what they think are common etiquette rules. Discuss why we think those rules were created.

Week 2: What ought to be the digital etiquette rules?

  • Review what we thought were the etiquette rules that we follow in our day-to-day world.
  • Show the poster, Digital Etiquette Poster, which asks students to describe etiquette in the digital world.
  • Have students brainstorm the different categories, guiding them to have these categories represented among others[2]:
    • Using mobile devices
    • Sharing online 
    • Commenting, posting
    • School online
    • Digital identity
    • Giving credit
  • Divide students into six groups, and using poster paper, have them brainstorm different rules under these categories. Students rotate around to each category.
  • Share as a class.

Week 3: How should the digital etiquette be taught?

Weeks 4-6+: We teach it.

  • Students will be divided into groups, based on the google form they filled out the previous week.  They will fill out a Planning Document, and begin work.
  • During these three weeks, they will work on their projects.  If additional time is needed, it will be provided. 
  • The last week, we will share.  The goal will also be to share with additional grades.

Differentiation Strategies

Students will work in mixed-ability groups so as to provide opportunities for scaffolding.

Useful Files

ISTE Standard, Digital Citizenship, simplified (ISTE Standard here)

Why are manners important? Archival video

Emily Post Etiquette Poster

Digital Etiquette Poster

Planning Document

Digital Etiquette Sample Podcast

Digital Etiquette Sample Video

Digital Etiquette Sample Powtoon

Digital Etiquette Example Infographic

Post, Emily. Emily Post's Etiquette. New York: Harper Collins, 1997.
Senning, Daniel Post. Emily Post's Manners in a Digital World: Living Well Online. New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2011.
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