Children and Television
1 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER:
The students will be asked to count how many working tvs they have at home. We will discuss any rules/restrictions that they may have as it pertains to viewing habits(i.e. limit on when or how long, no tv until after homework is complete, no viewing after a certain time on a school night, etc.)
2 Direct Instruction
Students read the article, "TV Violence and Children" (see attached link)
Partner Discussion/Whole Class discussion
3 Guided Practice
Students preview two Cartoons (one is appropriate and the other is not). Students answer questions related to the cartoons. (see Independent Practice)
4 Independent Practice
Students complete 4 Questions related to the cartoons:
1. Besides being entertaining, what life lessons or themes were included in the show?
2. What part of the show requires a child to use his/her imagination?
3. How is the concept of diversity and multiculturalism included in this show?
4. What makes this show appealing to children; why is it entertaining to them?
5 Wrap Up
Discussion of students' answers to the previous questions. Discuss the impact tv viewing has on children and the importance of adult supervision and monitoring of tv exposure.