Wacky Media Songs: Media Representation Lesson Plan
Level: Grade K to 3
About the author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
Duration: 10-15 minutes per activity
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
This lesson series contains discussion topics and extension activities for teachers to integrate the TVOKids Original series Wacky Media Songs. This lesson focuses on how media represent reality and how different audiences respond to those representations, covering topics such as stereotyping, how our views of the world and ourselves are shaped by media, how advertising messages manipulate us, and how we represent ourselves on social media.
- Understand that media are constructions
- Understand that media have social and political implications
- Explore how media representations affect our views of the world and ourselves
- Understand that audiences actively interpret media works according to their own identity and experience
- Question dominant representations in media works
- Understand that how interactive media are made influences how we use them
Preparation and materials
- Review the following Wacky Media Songs videos and prepare to show students the ones you wish to discuss:
- If you are doing the extension activity for You Do You, ensure that students can access the Gendered Advertising Remixer
- If you are showing students Frame It! you may also wish to prepare to show the following videos: