Teaching Media Literacy through: Body Image Cover

Teaching Media Literacy through: Body Image

With Teaching Media Literacy through Contemporary Issues examines the media in relation to body image as a significant influence on self-image and personal wellbeing. It first takes students on a historical journey, starting with the ancient artists who were effectively the media of their day, to show how the ever-changing ideal of "beauty" has never been based on reality. The second major topic is the diet industry and how it sells its products, covering the codes and conventions of weight loss and body positivity websites, as well as persuasive language techniques. Finally students identify objectifying images in music videos and discuss the issues surrounding their use. For each topic, students apply what they have learnt to their own media project.

Ages: 13-15 | Pages: 64 | Code: 51092 | ISBN: 9781776555826

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Dale Sutherland

Dale Sutherland has been a media studies and English teacher. She has a background in film and media, along with a passion for contemporary issues facing young people today. Now living in New Zealand’s Far North, she researches and writes full time.


Before you begin ...5
What is media literacy?5
What is body image?5
Why are we exploring media?5
Section 1: Blame it on the ancients6
For teachers6
Information file: Blame it on the ancients7
Information file: Royal influences13
Information file: Enter the 20th century15
Information file: 1930s–1950s17
Information file: From skinny to statuesque and back again ... and again ...20
Summary chart: Beauty through the ages22
Rounding off: Mash it up23
Section 2: Put it on, take it off – the weight loss industry24
For teachers24
Teaching example25
Information file: Blogs29
About persuasive language32
Information file: Weight loss industry methods and websites40
Rounding off: Develop your own website47
Section 3: It's all about sex, baby – music videos50
For teachers50
Information file: A closer look at music videos55
Music videos that objectify59
Rounding off: Music videos – your view63