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Body Confidence

Body image, negative and positive, is an ever-present issue for young men and women today. Still images in their favour- ite magazines, popping up on their favour- ite websites and posing in adverts during their favourite programmes, there’s not much respite from what the media con- sider to be the ‘body beautiful’.

This lesson plan aims to help your stu- dents understand exactly why the media bombards them with images of so-called “perfect” models all the time and begin to appreciate how there is no such thing as “normal” or “perfect”.

This lesson plan does require some re- sources that can be sourced from the Internet such as videos that you may need to view first in order to assess how suitable they are for your students.

1. Pick out some print adverts that feature models in them from magazines aimed at males and females, preferably ones that your students are likely to read. This way the products are likely to be aimed specifi- cally at them. Have your students analyse the print ads with you.

o What is being advertised?

o What do the people in the advert look like? Tall? Short? Skinny? Athletic? Over-weight? Spotty? Are they famous?

o Do they look like the majority of people your age?

o Why have these people been chosen to help sell this product instead of a different looking person?

o Is there a different way this product could have been advertised without using people? Why haven’t the advertisers decided to use a campaign without people in it?

This exercise helps your students to recognise how advertising is all about selling an aspiration to its target audience. By showing beautiful people who look like your students want to look, they’ll be more encouraged to buy the product because they’re be- ing told that they will enjoy the lifestyle the people in the adverts have.

2. Appreciating other people’s qualities:

Everyone is given a plain booklet. They must write their name on it and decorate it to in a way that rep- resents their personality. The whole class is then split into smaller groups. In the smaller groups, everyone passes their booklets to their left and write into the booklet they have been given. Keep going until eve- ryone in the small groups have written down what they like about everyone else in their corresponding booklet. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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