Lesson Plan

Introducing TV Families - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 2 to 5

Author: Adapted, with permission from, Television Families: A Media Literacy Resource Unit, Grades 2 - 6. The Waterloo County Board of Education © 1992.


This lesson encourages children to explore the differences between their real families and TV families by imagining how their own families might be portrayed on a television show. The lesson begins with a class discussion about different types of families. Students then assume the role of producers, and create a television show for their own families to star in. To emphasize the constructed nature of television programs, students are encouraged to create a fantasy setting and story for the show.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand that the representations made by the media are not always accurate
  • enjoy investigating family shows on TV
  • recognise that the media construct reality

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

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