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Level(s): grades 9- 11
Author: This material has been adapted, with permission, from a unit developed by Mark Zamparo, an Ottawa-based media educator.
In this lesson students explore how the stereotypes and technical devices used in television crime dramas impact real life attitudes and perceptions about crime. Technical devices explored include elements such as film and shooting techniques, lighting, music, sound effects, recurring visual patterns, plot and characterization. Stereotypes that are discussed include representation of policemen, policewomen, criminals, women, old people, teenagers and minorities. This lesson also provides students with a series of key media concepts that can be applied to this genre.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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