SOPA Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the SOPA protests, research recently passed internet laws and devise a plan of action to prevent illegal activity online.

View the video SOPA Protests by MSNBC

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- SOPA Protest

Objective:  Students will research the SOPA protests and write a mock news article on the issue

Lesson Plan 2- Internet Laws

Objective:  Students will research and write a summary of a recently passed internet law of their choice

Lesson Plan 3- Ending Internet Piracy

Objective:  Students will work in groups to devise a plan of action to stop/prevent/reduce illegal internet activity

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know by CBS News
SOPA and PIPA Postponed Indefinitely after Protests by CNN
American Censorship.org
Internet Laws by Lawguru.com
Internet Laws by The National Academies

Additional Resources from U.S. History in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context:
Internet  Topic Page
Boycott Forces Go Daddy to Stop Supporting SOPA
In Turkey, Proposed Internet Filters Stir Protests
The Political Power of Social Media
FCC Set to Back Internet Traffic Rules
Who’s Tracking You Online?

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