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Level: Grades 9-12
Duration: 1-2 hours
Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
In this lesson students consider how well their favourite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Students are introduced to the media education key concepts that "media are constructed to represent reality" and “media communicate values and messages”, and learn about the constructed nature of media products, how media "re-presents" people, ideas and events from a particular viewpoint, and what the possible consequences of under-representation and inaccurate portrayals of diversity might be. Next, students learn about Canadian voluntary industry codes on diversity portrayal and consider whether they should be applied to other media. As a summary activity, students take a stand on a diversity issue relating to media and write a Letter to the Editor.
This lesson is part of the That's Not Me: Diversity in Media lesson series.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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