The place of the hero in our modern lives is a site of struggle. On the one hand, the hero’s quest can have meanings for individuals who seek to understand their own journey through life.On the other hand, the hero can be seen as a repository of those values esteemed by the society.
This lesson helps students become more aware of the stereotypes associated with portrayals of students and teachers on television and on film.
This is the second of three lessons that address gender stereotypes. The objective of these lessons is to encourage students to develop their own critical intelligence with regard to culturally inherited stereotypes, and to the images presented in the media - film and television, rock music, newspapers and magazines.The lesson begins with a review of stereotypes that are associated with men and women and their possible sources - including the role of the media. Students deconstruct a series of advertisements based on gender representation and answer questions about gender stereotyping about articles they have read.
In this lesson students develop awareness of the ways in which public perceptions of law enforcement have been both reflected in and influenced by film and television depictions of police over the past eighty years.
This lesson introduces students to some of the myth-building techniques of television by comparing super heroes and super villains from television to heroes and villains in the real world and by conveying how violence and action are used to give power to characters.
In this lesson students consider how well their favourite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of Canadian society.
To introduce students to the rating systems for films, videos and television and to the issues that surround these classifications.
In this lesson students learn about the history of blackface and other examples of majority-group actors playing minority-group characters such as White actors playing Asian and Aboriginal characters and non-disabled actors playing disabled characters.
This lesson examines the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, some of its promotions, and social justice activists’ responses.
The new movie Zero Dark Thirty, which tells the story of the tracking and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden, has received several Oscar nominations (including Best Picture), but it’s attracting another kind of attention as well: several writers, including Jane Meyer at The New Yorker and Peter Maass at The Atlantic, have accused it of condoning or even glorifying the use of torture by US intelligence agencies.