Netiquette Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is netiquette and when does it apply? This lesson plan will help you teach students about netiquette and challenge them to think critically about it. A choice of activities are included to solidify understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'netiquette'
  • list key facts about netiquette
  • discuss instances where netiquette is essential


30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • Dry-erase board
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Poster board
  • Fine-tipped markers in assorted colors


  • Begin by writing the following term on the board for the class: 'etiquette.'
  • Ask students to create a written definition for the term on the board.
  • Have the students take turns sharing the definitions they've drafted with the class as you write key ideas on the board.
  • Now write the word 'netiquette' on the board.
    • How does the addition of the word 'net' to the word 'etiquette' change the meaning?
  • Work together as a class to draft a formal definition of 'netiquette,' writing it on the board.
    • When is netiquette important?
    • Should all online activity be mindful of netiquette?
    • Let's work together to draft the basic rules of netiquette (e.g. spelling, punctuation).
    • Now let's make of list of things that we should avoid in our online behavior (e.g. swearing, poor grammar, inappropriate posts, spamming and so on).
    • How many of you have demonstrated poor netiquette? If so, how?

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