Grade 6 Digital Citizenship

Stereotyping & Media

Curriculum Connections

Learning how to be an conscientious and reflective consumer of web based information straddles a plethora of cross curricular connections. I have chosen to highlight the overall expectations from the Revised health & Phys-Ed Curriculum (2015) and Media Literacy for this activity, but obvious connections can be made to almost all other curriculum areas with a little tweaking.
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Inspiration: Lessons 1 & 2

The activity below is a great Part 1 & 2 pre-lesson to this activity and includes a wealth of curriculum connections.

Lesson 3- Is there evidence of stereotyping on credible sites?

Minds-On:

1. Using the google search engine, students will explore advertisements, videos, consumer reports and reviews for one of their most favorite toys or gadgets. Take note of what evidence of stereotyping that they find in the advertisements for this product. Share with the class.

2. Have students use the "incognito" function in google and do the same keyword searches. Do the sites offered change? In what ways? Discuss as a class.


Action:

1. Students will choose 2 product reviews that they feel are most credible. Using the reproducible checklist below (courtesy of Think Lit Library: https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studentsuccess/thinkliteracy/files/ThinkLitLibrary.pdf)

students will analyze the sites chosen for their credibility.


2. Do credible sites have evidence of sterotyping or sexual bias, even if considered credible?

Discuss findings as a class.

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