Reality Media?

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Yeah, but is it real? Clips from the famous documentary film series 56 UP launches an examination of the differences between reality television and documentaries. After considering the characteristics of each format, class members consider whether they would want to be filmed for a reality television show or a documentary. The richly detailed plan includes links to all necessary videos, articles, and supporting materials.

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  • Links provided to all necessary videos, articles, and supporting materials
  • Includes extension activities and an additional resource list with links


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