Lesson Plan : Body Image

Teacher Name:
 Regina Varos
 Grade 9-10
 PE and Health

 Body image: Why does it affect us as humans so much? Why does it make life so hard for teenagers?
 Body image: positive or negative. key vocabulary: Self-esteem, body image, physical appearance, body shape, controversy, peer pressure, and media
 The class should be able to answer the follow by the end of this class to show they understand what self image is which is body image. A person's self image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, sex, I.Q. score, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about himself or herself, either from personal experiences or by internalizing the judgments of others. Those items include the answers to such questions as: * Am I thin? * Am I fat? * Am I attractive? * Am I weak? * Am I strong? * Am I intelligent? * Am I stupid? * Am I a good person? * Am I a bad person? * Am I masculine? * Am I feminine? * Am I likable? * Am I Small?
 The student will understand body image and self-esteem.
 Power point for notes, magazines, computer paper
 When Barbie was released in 1959, she immediately stepped into controversy. The idea of a doll with an adult womanís features was brand-new. The market, though, was eager for a doll with lots of clothes, including bridal gowns and swimsuits. But by the 1970s, people began wondering why she did not have a business suit or a doctorís scrubs, and in more recent years, whether the body image she presents is healthy to young girlsí self-esteem. Sales continue to grow, and so does the debate.While Barbieís collection of accessories has changed over the years, her figure has remained relatively unchangedódespite questions about its effect on the self-esteem of the children who play with the doll.
 Why Are Self-Esteem and Body Image Important? Self-esteem is all about how much people value themselves, the pride they feel in themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Self-esteem is important because feeling good about yourself can affect how you act. A person who has high self-esteem will make friends easily, is more in control of his or her behavior, and will enjoy life more. Body image is how a person feels about his or her own physical appearance. For many people, especially people in their early teens, body image can be closely linked to self-esteem. Thatís because as kids develop into teens, they care more about how others see them.
 I'm fat. I'm too skinny. I'd be happy if I were taller, shorter, had curly hair, straight hair, a smaller nose, bigger muscles, longer legs. Do any of these statements sound familiar? Are you used to putting yourself down? If so, you're not alone. As a teen, you're going through a ton of changes in your body. And as your body changes, so does your image of yourself. Lots of people have trouble adjusting, and this can affect their self-esteem. What Influences a Personís Self-Esteem? Puberty, Itís not just development that affect self-esteem, though. Lots of other factors (like media images of skinny girls and bulked-up guys) can affect a personís body image too. Family life can sometimes influence a personís self-esteem. Some parents spend more time criticizing their children and the way they look than praising them. This criticism may reduce a personís ability to develop good self-esteem. People may also experience negative comments and hurtful teasing about the way they look from classmates and peers. Sometimes racial and ethnic prejudice is the source of such comments. Although these comments often come from ignorance on the part of the person who makes them, sometimes they can affect a person's body image and self-esteem.
 By using power point the students that are visual I can post the notes and pictures that are portrayed in the media.
Checking For Understanding:
 Have the students work on the independent practice of what the media portrays in magazines. What they think shows body image that most relate to in their everyday life. Healthy Self-Esteem If you have a positive body image, you probably like and accept yourself the way you are. This healthy attitude allows you to explore other aspects of growing up, such as developing good friendships, growing more independent from your parents, and challenging yourself physically and mentally. Developing these parts of yourself can help boost your self-esteem.A positive, optimistic attitude can help people develop strong self-esteem. For example, saying, "Hey, I'm human," instead of "Wow, I'm such a loser," when you've made a mistake. Or not blaming others when things don't go as expected. Knowing what makes you happy and how to meet your goals can help you feel capable, strong, and in control of your life. A positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle (such as exercising and eating right) are a great combination for building good self-esteem.
 he first thing to do is recognize that your body is your own, no matter what shape, size, or color it comes in. If you are very worried about your weight or size, check with your doctor to verify that things are OK. But it is no one's business but your own what your body is like ó ultimately, you have to be happy with yourself. Next, identify which aspects of your appearance you can realistically change and which you canít. Everyone (even the most perfect-seeming celeb) has things about themselves that they can't change and need to accept ó like their height, for example, or their shoe size. If there are things about yourself that you want to change and can (such as how fit you are), do this by making goals for yourself. For example, if you want to get fit, make a plan to exercise every day and eat nutritious foods. Then keep track of your progress until you reach your goal. Meeting a challenge you set for yourself is a great way to boost self-esteem! When you hear negative comments coming from within yourself, tell yourself to stop. Try building your self-esteem by giving yourself three compliments every day. While you're at it, every evening list three things in your day that really gave you pleasure. It can be anything from the way the sun felt on your face, the sound of your favorite band, or the way someone laughed at your jokes. By focusing on the good things you do and the positive aspects of your life, you can change how you feel about yourself.
 Have the students write down their answers on the independent practice and have the class compile a list of there answers. Have the class go home that night and go through magazines and make a collage of pictures that represents their body image.
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