Comparing Real Families to TV Families - Lesson
Level: Grades 2 to 5
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
In this lesson, students learn how the media construct reality by studying the families portrayed on television, and comparing them to the real-life families they know: their own, and those of their peers. The lesson begins with a survey of student’s favourite TV shows about families, and what they enjoy most about them. In groups, students select a family-based television show to monitor and report on. As each group reports, students will discuss whether or not the program accurately represents real families and family relationships.
- recognize that the media construct reality
- understand that the representations made by the media are not always accurate
- enjoy investigating family shows on TV
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.