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Gender roles and religious practices can be a very interesting and complex subject to teach. Luckily, you have found an excellent resource that includes links, vocabulary, and a great set of activities. Learners will discuss cultural convergence and divergence and then dive into research to find information on the gender roles of women in Jewish and Muslim communities. They use Costa's three levels of questioning to develop their own inquiry questions, which will be used to guide them as they write a short composition synthesizing what they've learned.
Students explore psychology by answering gender study questions. In this sexuality lesson plan, students discuss the stereotypes often referred to men and woman and what the truth is about their characteristics and abilities. Students complete a gender role worksheet and define vocabulary terms.
Students access prior knowledge of vocabulary on feminism and psychoanalytic theory, and gender schema. For this Empowered Barbie lesson, students recreate a Barbie doll. Students write a reflection on how they changed Barbie's body and body image. Students include information on tradition gender roles and how they have changed. Students complete a rubric on each other's Barbie's.
Learners consider the differences between egalitarian and traditional marriages. They analyze a series of video clips and mid-century advertisements looking for evidence of gender bias in marriage. Feminism, gender roles for women and men, and marital conflict are all discussed. Includes several web and video links.
Young learners explore gender roles in advertising by taking an ad campaign they have seen which is specifically directed to one gender, and redesigning the campaign to target the opposite gender. After leading a guided discussion about gender stereotypes, small groups create a brief ad campaign and explain to the class what techniques they considered as well as where the ad would be placed to reach the target audience. If time permits, have students craft an entire storyboard for their ad.
One of three lessons on gender stereotype, this resource from the Media Awareness Network discusses the violence that is inflicted on men and women as they try to live up to the stereotypes of their gender. The section on women focuses on the self-violence of eating disorders caused by a dangerous obsession to meet ideals set by media. The male stereotype discussed covers expectations of masculinity and how it leads to violence like hazing. The resource contains three articles on these topic.
Students discuss the concept of gender bias and stereotyping. In this social science lesson, students determine what the influence of television on gender roles represents and compares the chage in gender roles of today to those of their parents. Students realize that televsion helps to portray career opportunitis for male and female roles.
The main characters in Bridge to Terabithia do no quite live up to their gender expectations. Explore this idea with a reading passage called "Boys vs. Girls: It's Not Just in Your Head." Included in the plan are detailed instructions for how to read and mark the text. The text and accompnaying questions are in the student packet, which is accesible when you log in. Signing up for this site is free.
I love this topic and don't think it is discussed nearly enough. Learners consider how boys and girls are stereotyped around the world and how marketing uses and promotes these stereotypes by how they package or present children's toys. Legos are used as the primary model of this phenomenon and help facilitate good discussion, as well as activities that will get kids thinking about the differences between gender and sex. They analyze several print and TV ads, looking for the messages and gender stereotypes.
While examining slavery's impact on women, historians compare and contrast the perspectives of a plantation mistress and an enslaved woman, both reflecting on the system of forced prostitution. Text analysis and written responses create a cross-curricular instructional activity, and critical thinking prompts are provided. Pupils extend analysis by writing a dialogue between the two authors, possibly conducting an act-it-out, and finishing by discussing big ideas in groups. Links included.
Eleventh graders analyze the violence of media and advertising on women, as well as Gandhi's views of women. In this women and media instructional activity, 11th graders Killing Us Softly and Tough Guise as an analysis of media and advertising and their messages about women. Students explore Gandhi's view of women and write a letter to a media or advertising agency outlining the harmful effects of their use of objectification and stereotypes on society.