Lesson Plan

Teaching TV: Critically Evaluating TV - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 1 to 6

Author: This lesson, by Elizabeth Verrall, has been adapted with permission from the Federation of Women Teachers’ Association of Ontario (FWTAO) Curriculum Insert 1994 Vol. 12 No. 5. Toronto, Ontario, May/June 1993.


This lesson is one of a five-part unit that provides teachers with ideas for teaching TV in the elementary classroom. In this lesson, students learn that each television product has unique characteristics that can be critically evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand that the construction of media products has its own techniques and terminology
  • recognize some media terminology
  • appreciate that there are a variety of media forms, each with its own aesthetic
  • develop critical viewing and listening skills
  • appreciate that there are different ways to communicate
  • begin to be aware of the different types of TV programs
  • problem-solve to generate alternatives
  • recognize and express interests of self and others

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

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