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The Reality of Digital Drama (6-8)

Does the way we think about digital drama have anything to do with gender?

Students discuss their impressions of peer drama, both online and as depicted on reality TV. Students compare and contrast two videos — one featuring a candid discussion between middle school students about online drama and the other featuring clips from The Real Housewives reality TV series. Students are encouraged to analyze generalizations about men and women in both videos, and to think critically about the ways that gender stereotypes can play out in mass media, as well as in their own lives online. 

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • reflect on their own impressions of digital drama.
  • compare underlying messages about drama on reality TV with “real world” digital drama among young teens.
  • think critically about the gender stereotypes associated with drama.

 

Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grade 6: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, W.4, W.7, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.4, SL.6, L.6


Grade 7: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, W.4, W.7, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.4, SL.6, L.6


Grade 8: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, W.4, W.7, W.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.4, SL.6, L.6


ISTE NETS•S:

1a-d, 2a-b, 2d, 3a-d, 4a-d, 5a-d, 6a-b, 6d

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