Unpacking Privilege Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 7 to 12

About the Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 15 minutes


Students are introduced to the idea of “privilege” in relation to diversity and how it applies to media. They then look at a checklist of media related privileges to help them understand the concept.

Note: While it may be taught on its own, this lesson is intended as an optional mini-lesson to accompany the Diversity in Media Toolbox.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand the concept of “privilege” and how it applies to media
  • reflect on their own experiences with privilege

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

Lesson Kit