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Image from the film Eighth Grade
Image from the film Eighth Grade




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This resource is suitable for use with learners aged 15 and over and includes themes of public image, online personas, identity, comparisons and anxiety using scenes from the film Eighth Grade. 

This lesson will introduce learners to the theme of comparisons and how comparing ourselves to others can make us feel. By looking
at the character of Kayla in the film Eighth Grade students will be encouraged to consider the potential negative impact of media images on body image and confidence. Young people will be introduced to aspects of performance and the use of sound to support their analysis of the protagonist. Learners will be asked to reflect on Kayla's thoughts and feelings and offer alternative words for positive self-thought. The optional filmmaking activities build on the ideas of positive self-talk as well as the power of music to reflect mood and
emotion in film.

Learning Objectves: 
• I can identify ways that different media can affect self-image.
• I can analyse how film techniques, such as sound and performance, convey a character's feelings and emotions.
• I can assess potential consequences of a character's actions by evaluating positive and negative outcomes.
Optional (through filmmaking activities):
• I can plan a vlog which offers advice to teenagers about dealing with difficult situations.
• I can create or select appropriate sounds and music to convey mood and emotions.

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