Following the release of the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary film Miss Representation, director and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom teamed up with a diverse group of educators to design a curriculum that gives media literacy a much needed gender focus. The curriculum asks girls and boys alike to think about the effects of the images they see—particularly the ways in which media affects women and girls’ ability to see themselves as leaders and be seen as leaders by others in society.
The K-12 Miss Representation curriculum is divided into modules. Each module includes age appropriate content, including film clips, definitions of relevant concepts, reflection exercises, discussion questions, in-class activities, and homework suggestions. The modules are sequenced to build upon the outcomes of previous lessons. When they purchase the educational screening license for Miss Representation, educators also receive a copy of the full-length film, which is more appropriate for use in the University setting.
Teachers can incorporate the curriculum into existing instruction or build upon it for a dedicated media literacy class. For more information, visit The Representation Project.