Cracking the Gender Code (6-8)
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Note: This lesson centers on social network sites. Before this lesson begins, you may want to take an informal survey of the kind of social media that your students use. Some may be on sites like Facebook, even though they do not yet meet its age requirement. Others may meet Facebook’s age requirement but still not have an account. Regardless of students’ exposure to social network sites, your class can have meaningful conversations about how boys and girls use – or may use – social network sites.
Students explore "boy codes" and "girl codes," and discuss the extent to which they shape people's online identities and relationships.
Students explore whether or not “gender codes” –- or expectations about boys’ and girls’ roles –- shape how people act online. Students first discuss if language in texts and posts can be “masculine” or “feminine,” and why. They then fill out a mock social network profile, imagining that they are a teen of the opposite sex. The lesson concludes with a discussion about online gender codes and the extent to which students identify with them.
Students will be able to ...
- reflect on unspoken rules, or “codes,” that influence the way boys and girls act, both offline and online.
- analyze messages and photos on social network sites from multiple perspectives.
- consider the extent to which gender codes allow people to be true to themselves.
Common Core: RI.6.4, RI.6.7, RI.6.8, RI.6.10, W.6.4, W.6.7, W.6.10, SL.6.1a-d, SL.6.4, SL.6.6, L.6.6; RI.7.4, RI.7.8, RI.7.10, W.7.4, W.7.7, W.7.10, SL.7.1a-d, SL.7.4, SL.7.6, L.7.6; RI.8.4, RI.8.8, RI.8.10, W.8.4, W.8.7, W.8.10, SL.8.1a-d, SL.8.4, SL.8.6, L.8.6
NETS•S: 1a-d, 2a-b, 2d, 3a-d, 4a-d, 5a-d, 6a-b, 6d