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Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
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Step 2 - Divide students into groups of 4 or 5
Step 3 - Hand out 5 magazines to each group along with the other materials.
Step 4 - Instruct groups to go through the magazines and cut out pictures or words from ads that make them want to buy that product or be more like the person in the ad.
Step 5 - Have each group present their poster to the class. In their presentation, group members should identify the type of products being sold, explain how wording or language is used to encourage people to purchase the products, and describe the people who appear in the ads.
Step 6 - After each presentation, ask students to indicate whether the people in the ads are attractive or unattractive. Follow up with, "Why would companies only use images of 'perfect' people to sell their product?"
Step 7 - Discuss how the 'perfect' images are produced; e.g., computer enhancement, combining various parts of different people to create one image, etc.
Step 8 - Have students write one page on how the media has or could affect their body image and how the media has or could influence their individual purchasing habits. Include also, what the media could do differently to make sure they are not giving out the wrong idea of the 'perfect' body or what it means to be healthy?
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