• The RTSD Library Curriculum utilizes research-based lessons adapted from the Common Sense Media (http://www.commonsense.org) curriculum.

    Below is a list of lessons covered and related Family Resources for each lesson. Please be sure to review the content and objectives of each lesson in order to continue our Digital Citizenship dialogue at home.

    The entire Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriuculum can be found by visiting this site. All of the lessons were recently updated to meet the needs of students K-12.

    Common Sense Education offers a variety of Family Engagement Resources to be used in combination with the lessons taught in school. 

    9th Grade

    My Digital Life is Like..

    • Define "misinformation" and explore the consequences of spreading misinformation online.
    • Learn how to use lateral reading as a strategy to verify the accuracy of information online.
    • Apply lateral reading to examples of questionable videos to determine their accuracy.

    Protecting Online Reputations

    • Define "digital reputation," and identify examples of social media posts that can have a positive or negative effect.
    • Use the 1-2-3-1 Perspectives activity to consider the causes and effects of posting about others online.
    • Generate a list of questions to ask themselves before posting pictures or information about someone else.

    Hoaxes and Fakes

    • Define "misinformation" and explore the consequences of spreading misinformation online.
    • Learn how to use lateral reading as a strategy to verify the accuracy of information online.
    • Apply lateral reading to examples of questionable videos to determine their accuracy.

    10th Grade

    The Health Effects of Screen Time
    • Identify research trends related to the health impact of screen time.
    • Reflect on the nature of their own screen time and how it compares to that of parents and teens generally.
    • Identify specific steps to be taken and potential challenges to making their screen time more healthy.

    Challenging Confirmation Bias

    • Define confirmation bias and identify why it occurs.
      Explore examples of confirmation bias, particularly related to news and online information.
      Identify strategies for challenging their own confirmation biases.
     
    Who's Looking at Your Digital Footprint
    • Learn that they have a public presence online called a digital footprint.
    • Recognize that any information they post online can help or hurt their future opportunities (college admission, employment, etc.).