Making Media for Democratic Citizenship - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 11-12

Author: This unit was created for MediaSmarts by Media Educator, Maureen Baron.

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


In this five- or six-day unit, students create a video podcast to present balanced, unbiased perspectives on global development issues. They voice their perspectives through the language, codes and conventions of a visual medium.

This unit has been estimated as taking five days, but you may require more time depending on the previous background your students have in media production and global development issues.

This lesson is part of the Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Development lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • analyze contemporary crises or issues of international significance
  • describe the topic, purpose and audience for media texts they plan to create
  • produce media texts for a specific purpose and audience, using appropriate forms, conventions and techniques
  • use computers and multimedia technology to create a finished product

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