Lesson Plan

Violence in Sports - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 3 to 7

Author: MediaSmarts 


In this lesson, students explore the gratuitous use of violence in televised sports. The lesson begins with a class discussion about the sports that students participate in, and the rules and consequences that relate to unsporting behaviour. Students then discuss how professional athletes conduct themselves in TV sporting events, and whether the same consequences seem to apply. Students look at the “business” side of televised sports, and how violence is used to engage and attract viewers. Through a series of activities, students determine which professional athletes are role models, and which deserve a visit to the “penalty box.”

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the amounts of violence in various professional sports
  • an understanding of how the media uses sports violence as a marketing tool
  • an understanding of how sports violence affects kids, both as spectators and participants

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

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