Stereotyping and Bias - Lesson
Level: Grades 5 to 7
Author: This lesson was adapted, with permission, from a two-week unit on wolves, stereotypes and bias created by media educator Julia Robinson, of the Media Action Council of Indiana.
This lesson helps students recognize and understand stereotyping and bias in literature and film by looking at representations of wolves. The lesson begins with a discussion about storytelling and an introduction to the many different versions of the fairy tale: The Three Little Pigs. Students then analyse depictions of wolves in popular film and compare these story and film renditions to real facts about wolves. Once students have separated fact from fiction, they will share their findings through a series of group activities.
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