Representing Me: Diversity, Visibility and the Media

No Place for Hate Activity
Media Concept Smart TV

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GRADE LEVEL:  Middle School

Overview

In September 2019, Kodi Lee won America’s Got Talent, which was a groundbreaking and emotional victory. Kodi Lee is a person who is Asian-American, blind and has autism. Our country is becoming increasingly diverse in many ways, but the books we read, the television and movies we watch and the games we play do not reflect that diversity.

In this activity, students will:

  • Explore the extent to which the television shows and movies they watch portray a diversity of characters.
  • Consider the importance of representation and visibility in movies and television.
  • Learn about and reflect on the history of and trends in diversity in movies and television.