The Pornography Debate: Controversy in Advertising - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level(s): Grades 11 - 12

Author: MediaSmarts

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


In this lesson, through classroom discussion, students are introduced to the issue of pornography. Students will understand the difficulty in determining the sometimes very fine lines between erotica, freedom of expression, and sexual exploitation and to familiarize them with guidelines for making these distinctions.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of what constitutes pornography
  • knowledge of the guidelines that have been established to regulate pornography in the advertising industry
  • an appreciation of the difficulties in enforcing these guidelines

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