Lesson Plan

Put Downs - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grade 6

Author: This unit was created by J. Craig Oliphant as part of a Media Education course taught by John Pungente, S.J. at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto.


This lesson focuses on put-down mentality in the media. Through a series of activities and classroom discussion, students explore how put-downs are used in TV situation comedy, film, music, fashion, pop culture and advertising and how put-downs affect one’s self-esteem and social/emotional well-being.

Learning Outcomes

To enable students to:

  • describe how and why they have been put down or have put down others
  • cite media examples
  • classify and evaluate the types of put-downs
  • discuss and evaluate the sources and effects of the put-down mentality

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

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