Share the following definition of the term influencer with your students:
a person who inspires or guides the actions of others
Then, ask your students to respond to the following prompt in their journals:
Think of someone you consider to be an influencer. What qualities (such as their personality, life experience, values, or relationship to you) give them the power to inspire or guide your actions or the actions of other people?
When students have finished writing, invite them to share answers to the following question:
Why do you think people care what influencers do or say?
Then, share the following definition of the term celebrity with your students:
a famous or celebrated person
Give students two minutes to write down ideas in response to the following question:
Who is a famous person you admire? Why do you admire them?
Give two to three students the opportunity to share their responses with the class.
Then, ask your students to discuss the following questions in pairs:
- What do you think it means to celebrate a person? Why do we tend to celebrate famous people?
- How do you think social media helps celebrities become influencers? Can you think of any examples of social media helping influencers become celebrities?
Finally, ask students to respond to the following prompt in their journals:
Because so many celebrities and influencers have the power to guide the beliefs and actions of others, some might call them “role models,” or people whose behavior is often imitated by others. What makes someone a good role model on social media? Do you think that most celebrities or influencers on social media are good role models? Why or why not?