Stage 3 - Unit 1 – Why factors influence or shape identity?

Broad focus for an inquiry: Diversity and difference, culture and society

Generative questions

  • What is a stereotype?
  • Do the media contribute to stereotyping?
  • What stereotypes exist in our community today?

Understandings, skills and values

  • Examples of stereotypes found in the media.
  • Values and beliefs that are represented in stereotypes.
  • Changes in perceptions and biases over time, for example gender roles.

Tuning in

What are stereotypes

Students view advertisements selected by the teacher for obvious stereotyping. Digital images of historic advertisements can be a good source for examples of stereotyping. The group brainstorms questions about how the characters are portrayed and whether they are stereotypes. Students can contribute their own examples.

The National Library of Australia, Trove is a good resource for digital images.

Finding out

Case study: gender stereotypes

Students independently or in small groups complete a case study of either a male or female in popular culture to consider how stereotypes are continued or challenged by the media.

Sorting out

Photograph sorting

Use old photographs and images that show change in Australian culture and society. For example, images of women or men might include changing fashions or job roles. Students may wish to contribute images they find in magazines or family photos. Students identify differences and provide possible reasons for changes.

Resources for images:

Going Further

Reporting back

Students write a newspaper report or persuasive text on the impact stereotypes have on themselves or others. Students should include how and why stereotypes have changed over time.

Concluding and acting

Unbiased advertisements

Students create an advertisement (using technology, if possible) that promotes positive attitudes or challenges a certain type of stereotyping.

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