Lesson Plan

Comic Book Characters - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 5 to 7

Author: Adapted with permission from Snakes and Snails, by the Toronto Board of Education.

Overview

In this lesson, students look at how male and female characters are depicted in comic books. Using a Comic Book Analysis sheet, students will record the attributes of male and female comic book characters. As a class, students will record common attributes on a master sheet and discuss what messages about men and women are reinforced. In groups, students will be asked to design and create a non-stereotypical comic book character.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • recognize that the media construct reality
  • understand that the representations made by the media are not always accurate
  • understand how their own gender perceptions are affected by the media

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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