On-Screen Diversity: Why Visibility in Media Matters

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Characters play a significant role in why we like certain shows and movies but are the characters we watch representing the diverse society in which we live? Scholars examine this question through thoughtful discussion about popular media. Participants reflect on their favorite media to identify whether it offers good cultural and ethical diversity and write their conclusion in a research report format.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Scaffold the research project according to how much experience the class has completing that type of assignment
  • Send a letter home to parents and caregivers stating the assignment's requirement of watching television in case pupils have specific screen time allowances during the day
Classroom Considerations
  • Discusses TV shows relevant to 2019; change the shows if they are no longer applicable
Pros
  • Emphasizes why it's essential to have representation in media
  • Allows pupils to reflect on their viewing habits
Cons
  • None