Miss Media

I’m always on the look-out for great resources for Media Education, at any grade level. As a parent to four daughters, it’s especially important to me that we are educated consumers- in all we consume, that we are aware of the message imbedded in the media.

Miss Representation

The following clip is from a program called Miss Representation. It’s a documentary which studies the under-representation of women in positions of power, and how females are represented in mass media. With powerhouse names attached (Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Cho and Condoleezza Rice), the broadcast has received much attention.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6gkIiV6konY

It also has a curriculum attached for k-12 and university levels.  Might be worth  checking out! Here are some of the grade 4-5 expectations (U.S) it claims to address:

  • Recognize different types of media.
  • Understand that media communicates ideas and teaches individuals.
  • Differentiate programming content from advertising.
  • Introduce examples of how media and advertising influence the way individuals think and feel about themselves.
  • Identify the ways media and advertisements portray gender.Recognize that the way media portrays gender can limit the options available for girls and boys.

Check out the webite:

http://missrepresentation.org

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