Teaching Resource

Girls and Boys on Television

By Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts Last updated 2024/05/27


This tailored instructional content guides educators in facilitating a lesson where students discuss children’s television programming and its portrayal of gender roles. Through discussions, students identify unfavourable aspects in these portrayals and craft their TV characters that challenge these negative representations. The lesson draws from research by Maya Götz from the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television. Students will showcase their ability to perceive how media constructs reality and grasp the nuanced accuracy of media representations. They will also explore how their perceptions of gender are influenced by media, evaluating the alignment of media gender images with their personal experiences. The lesson encourages expressive writing and creative self-expression, encapsulating a comprehensive set of skills within media literacy and gender awareness.

Curriculum Connection

A1. Transferable Skills A2. Digital Media Literacy
Through this lesson, students will develop the capacity to perceive how media shapes reality and discern the accuracy of media portrayals, enhancing their media literacy (A1.1). Moreover, they will explore how media moulds their perceptions of gender, assessing the alignment of these images with their personal experiences and empowering their communication skills within diverse contexts (A1.1). This lesson also nurtures student agency and engagement as students harness their transferable skills to express their voices and actively participate in learning (A1.2). The lesson's exploration of media portrayal and creation directly aligns with the interrelationships between form, message, context, audience, and creators within the realm of media (A2.5).
Grade(s): 3 4 5 6
Topic(s): ComprehensionMultimodal Literacy

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