Lesson Plan: Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media

“Images of girls and women in the media are filled with stereotypes about who women are and what their roles should be in society. These stereotypes can be negative, limiting and degrading and impact both how women perceive themselves and how others see them as well.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to critically examine certain media forms and their portrayals of women and girls. Students will consider how media shapes public perception and can perpetuate bias. This is a two-part lesson that requires the students to conduct investigative work in between the two sessions.”


Upon finding the Anti-Defamation League website and looking around to discover what they had to offer I stumbled on lesson plans that are catered to specific themes. I was particularly interested with the lesson plan called: Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media. I felt that being a women and watching the way media stereotypes women and the way women interact in the world, I felt empowered to learn how to teach youth and spread understanding on the topic. Here the ADL has provided a really interesting lesson plan, not having any experience writing lesson plans this one seems to bring up some important concepts. I was particularly interested with the question that was asked: “How was it to talk about a stereotype you experienced? How do stereotypes perpetuate bias and prejudice?” I think that its is really important to have the students talk about their own experiences, I believe that it brings it closer to home and makes the concepts stick when they have a specific memory to attach it to. I was particularly interested in the homework assignment that had the students investigate for themselves: “Explain to students that for homework, they will investigate how women and girls are portrayed in various forms of media. They will then report their findings to the class a few days after they have done their research and analysis. Select five or six categories from the above list of media. For example: 1) Television or Internet Show: Students will watch one hour-long show or two half-hour shows 2) Movie: Students will watch one full length movie 3) Magazine Advertisement: Students will look at five magazine advertisements 4) Television Commercial: Students will watch five television commercials 5) Web site: Students will look at one website and examine at least three separate pages 6) YouTube videos: Students will watch five short (5 minutes or less) or one longer YouTube video”





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