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Level: Grades 9 - 12
This lesson helps students become more aware of the stereotypes associated with portrayals of students and teachers on television and on film. On Day One, students discuss the reasons why television producers and writers use stereotypes to represent various groups of people - and the advantages and disadvantages of doing this. Using a worksheet, they compile a list of common television stereotypes from the school-based television shows they enjoy and create a list of humorous clichés about TV students and teachers. On Day Two, students look at representation of students and teachers in movies and compare their findings to the stereotypes found on television. On Day Three, students assume the role of television producers and create a series outline for a school-based television show and perform a scene from an episode.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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