Social Media – C3 Teachers

Lesson Duration

From C3 Teachers: College Career & Civic Life

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of rights and responsibilities involved when posting to social media.

Compelling Question: Social media, why can’t I post that? 

Students evaluate the power of the written word, its effect on others, and civic responsibility toward others. The formative performance tasks build on knowledge and skills through the course of the inquiry and help students understand there are limits to freedom of speech when it adversely affects others. Students create an evidence-based argument about those limits. Extension activity – students design a public service announcement that encourages positive social media usage. 

Supporting Questions -

  • What is the difference between rights and responsibilities?
  • Do we have the right to say anything we want on social media? (Bill Rights)
  • What are the benefits associated with posting on social media?
  • What are the risks associated with posting on social media



C3 Teachers is a collaborative effort made up of teachers and teacher educators focused on using inquiry to enhance social studies teaching and learning. The C3 Teacher initiative is guided by John Lee (North Carolina State University), Kathy Swan (University of Kentucky), and SG Grant (Binghamton University).