Gender Study: Documentaries for the Masculine and the Feminine

Gender Study: Documentaries for the Masculine and the Feminine
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I show both of these high-interest documentaries to my AP Language and Composition students during a gender unit. Both documentaries are produced by The Representation Project. Miss Representation explores feminine issues, particularly in government representation, while The Mask You Live In explores the masculinity crisis, male alcohol and drug abuse, suicide rates, and violent crime statistics. Students enjoy seeing "both sides of the coin." In fact, I find most enjoy the opposite sex's documentary, which leads me to believe the information is eye-opening.

Miss Representation

This file includes a viewing guide for students to complete as they watch Newsom's Miss Representation (2011). This file also includes an answer key.

According to Netflix, Miss Representation "[e]xplore[s] how the mainstream media's often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership." The documentary is 90 minutes and can be streamed using Netflix. As a result, many students can watch the documentary and complete the viewing guide independently or in class.

The viewing guide includes pre-viewing discussion questions (3), viewing questions (23), and post-viewing questions (3). The Word document is editable, so you can choose which questions are best for your students.

*WARNING: There are instances of profanity and some nudity.

The Mask You Live In

This file includes a viewing guide for students to complete as they watch Newsom's The Mask You Live In (2015). This file also includes an answer key.

According to Netflix, The Mask You Live In explores the question: "What does it mean to be a man? American society might be pushing a masculinity on our boys that destroys them." The documentary is 90 minutes and can be streamed using Netflix. As a result, many students can watch the documentary and complete the viewing guide independently or in class.

The viewing guide includes pre-viewing discussion questions (4), viewing questions (33), and post-viewing questions (4). The Word document is editable, so you can choose which questions are best for your students.

*WARNING: There are instances of profanity and some suggestive images/video.

The handouts are designed to keep students engaged while they analyze the documentaries and consider their own position.

Once completed, I often have a graded discussion over the documentaries where students use the viewing guides to inform and shape their opinions.

Only interested in one of the documentaries above? Look for the individual viewing guides here:

Miss Representation Viewing Guide

The Mask You Live In Viewing Guide
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14 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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