Assignments for Media Representations
Match the photos to the description
Objective: To show that predefined definitions of people may not always work.
Length: 15 minutes.
Task: Have the students match the various descriptions to the photos.
This can be done as a group participation or individual project.
*If done individually students should compare answers with each other after everyone is completed and then discuss why they chose those answers.
* if done as a group, the teacher should chart how many people chose which answer. Students will still discuss why they chose their answer.
12 photos of different people in various settings
12 descriptions of those people
Biography of a Public Person or Event
Objective: to show the students that the media does not always portray everything accurately.
Length: Two class periods.
One class period to research. One class period to present. Possible time outside class researching and developing their summary.
Task: Students will either be assigned at random or choose a public figure to research. In lieu of this the students can choose an incident that has occurred in the past or is currently unfolding. Students will be required to find elements of the figures history that have a varied story behind them. EX: Angelina Jolies feelings toward Jennifer Anniston. The Kennedy family and the Chapaquidick insident. The students will then present a summary of this with attached imagery. This can be done via an edited video or powerpoint presentation for upper level students.