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Level: Grades 7-12
Duration: 1-2 hours
Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
In this lesson students are introduced to the key media literacy concept that media are constructions that re-present reality and consider how representations of crime in news and entertainment media may influence how we perceive members of particular groups.
Level(s): Grades 7 to 12
Author: This lesson has been adapted, with permission, from Dr. Cecil Greek's Graduate Seminar in Criminal Justice "Crime and the Media" (2001), at Florida State University.
Level(s): Grades 6 to 8
This lesson helps students understand the different types of "cop shows" that appear on television. Students will create their own pilots for television cop shows, based on information provided in class, and will learn about the differences between the constructed reality of these programs and law enforcement in real life through class discussion with a police officer.
Level(s): Grades 9 to 11
Author: This material has been adapted, with permission, from a unit developed by Mark Zamparo, an Ottawa-based media educator.
This lesson helps students understand the difference between real-life crime and criminal activities portrayed in crime shows by having them compare their perceptions about crime to actual crime statistics.