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Cracking the Gender Code (6-8)
Students explore "boy codes" and "girl codes," and discuss the extent to which they shape people's online identities and relationships.
Students explore whether or not “gender codes” –- or expectations about boys’ and girls’ roles –- shape how people act online. Students first discuss if language in texts and posts can be “masculine” or “feminine,” and why. They then fill out a mock social network profile, imagining that they are a teen of the opposite sex. The lesson concludes with a discussion about online gender codes and the extent to which students identify with them.
Students will be able to ...
- reflect on unspoken rules, or “codes,” that influence the way boys and girls act, both offline and online.
- analyze messages and photos on social network sites from multiple perspectives.
- consider the extent to which gender codes allow people to be true to themselves.
Alignment with Standards
Common Core: RI.6.4, RI.6.7, RI.6.8, RI.6.10, W.6.4, W.6.7, W.6.10, SL.6.1a-d, SL.6.4, SL.6.6, L.6.6; RI.7.4, RI.7.8, RI.7.10, W.7.4, W.7.7, W.7.10, SL.7.1a-d, SL.7.4, SL.7.6, L.7.6; RI.8.4, RI.8.8, RI.8.10, W.8.4, W.8.7, W.8.10, SL.8.1a-d, SL.8.4, SL.8.6, L.8.6
NETS•S: 1a-d, 2a-b, 2d, 3a-d, 4a-d, 5a-d, 6a-b, 6d