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Is hacking always wrong? - Civil Discourse for Classrooms
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About This Lesson is a free, evidence-based interactive tool for students to develop media literacy skills by applying the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy to public media content. Importantly, the tool does not require registration for teachers or students, abides by student privacy laws, and is advised by a board of both youth and educators.

Each module consists of:

  • a compelling and timely question;

  • related current and age-appropriate public media content including audio, video, and text;

  • extension resources for advanced or highly-interested students;

  • student graphic organizers;

  • a simple debate tool;

  • a teacher's guide to the module;

  • and a guide to the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy.

This Teacher's Guide supports the Is hacking always wrong? module on Here is the full module and below is a summary.

Cybersecurity is an important part of a connected world and can often be problematic. Individuals, corporations, and governments have been victims of hacking. In order to identify and prosecute hackers, repair the damage done to their networks, and prevent future attacks, they often turn to other hackers. Can two wrongs make a right?

To use this module with learners in any setting, we recommend using one of the structured discussion formats outlined at You can find options for a small or large group, so that all students or just a few participate, and examples of some discussion formats.




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