Evaluating School Violence Through Glee

The objective of this lesson is for students to evaluate and express their feelings about how the media depicts school violence.

Recently, the TV show Glee aired an episode about a school shooting. Many people were upset about this episode due to the fact that the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting happened only a few months ago. People who were bothered by the episode claimed that FOX and show producers were being insensitive by airing this controversial episode.

Glee producers have said that they stand by their decision to air the episode because the show has made it a point to tackle and address critical social and political issues.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Students should first watch the provided videos. Then, they should write a letter to Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, about the issue of school violence. The majority of the letter should address if the student thinks it was appropriate for Glee to showcase the issue of school shootings on prime time TV.

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, English, Ninth, Social Studies, Television, Tenth, Twelfth

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