First Person Lesson Plan

First Person lesson - Instagram imageLevel: Grade 9-12

Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 2 to 2 ½ hours

media representation

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


In this lesson students consider diversity representation in games by identifying examples of diversity in the games they play and comparing their findings to statistics on diversity in the Canadian population. They then learn how media works can act either as mirrors (reflecting a person or group’s identity or experience) or windows (giving insight into another group’s experience) and analyze games to understand how their design features affect how they represent diversity. Finally, students “remix” a game design to make it act as a better mirror or window. 

This lesson is part of the That's Not Me: Diversity in Media lesson series.

Learning outcomes

Key concepts:

  • Media have social and political implications
  • Each medium has a unique aesthetic form
  • Digital media experiences are shaped by the tools we use

Learning goals:

Students will:


  • identify examples of diversity representation in games
  • select a game for analysis


  • analyze the content and affordances of a video game
  • assess the impact of affordances and defaults on diversity representation


  • identity content and affordances in a game the impact its representation of diversity
  • explain the impact of affordances and defaults on diversity representation
  • remix a game design in way that changes its function as a window or mirror

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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