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# 8.3: Activities and Answer Keys

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

## Activity 7-1: What Is Attractiveness?

### PLAN

Summary Students talk about what it means to be attractive, focusing on behavior and not just physical appearance. At the end of the activity they will be able to demonstrate what attractive and unattractive behaviors look like.

Objectives

Students:

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\begin{align*}\checkmark\end{align*} recognize that being attractive and sexy are not the same.

Student Materials

• Activity Report

Teacher Materials

None required

Estimated Time 45 minutes

Interdisciplinary Connections

Art Have the class create two collages, one of people from magazines and ads who are supposed to be attractive, the second of real people that they know, love, and find attractive. Everyone could contribute two pictures, one to each collage, or they can draw pictures if they have no photographs to share.

Prerequisites and Background Information

None needed

### IMPLEMENT

Introduce Activity 7-1 by going over Step 1 of the Activity Report with the students. Remind the class about the proper way to conduct discussions. They are to listen attentively and respectively. They should respond positively when possible and express differing views calmly, without resorting to insults or put-downs.

Step 2 Divide the students into four discussion groups. If your class is large, you might consider eight discussion groups. Ask each group to choose a discussion leader, a recorder to take notes, and a spokesperson who will report back to the entire class. As the groups conduct their discussions, walk around the classroom and stop to listen to each group. Facilitate when necessary. Allow them about 8-10 minutes, but extend or cut short the time based on how the discussions are going.

Step 3 Reconvene the class and have the groups take turns comparing their findings. Give each group a set period of time, such as 2 minutes, to report to the class, and give the class 3 minutes to respond before moving on to the next group. You might want to appoint a timekeeper. After the discussion, send them back to their small groups to prepare their demonstration, as described in Step 3 of their Procedure. All about 4 minutes.

Step 4 Take turns having each group present its version of attractive and unattractive behavior.

Conclude Activity 7-1 by creating a class definition of attractive behavior.

### ASSESS

Use the discussion groups and group presentations to assess if students can:

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\begin{align*}\checkmark\end{align*} recognize that being attractive and sexy are not the same.

\begin{align*}\checkmark\end{align*} identify the influence of the media on our perceptions.

## Activity 7-1: What Is Attractiveness? – Activity Report Answer Key

• Sample answers to these questions will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org to request sample answers.

Discussion Topics

Group A: How is being attractive different from being sexy? Who decides what is attractive about the way that people look? Who decides what is attractive about the way that people behave? Is it possible for your group to describe what you think it means to be an attractive person, following the dictionary definition of the word?

Group B: Are males and females judged by the same standards when it comes to attractiveness? Try to describe an attractive male. Next describe an attractive female. Have you focused on the same types of characteristics? Have you looked more at physical appearance or behavior?

Group C: Do television, magazine, and other media images reflect or create our attitudes toward what is attractive? In other words, do we think people are attractive if they look like the people we see on TV, or are the people on TV chosen because how they look is what we find attractive? Should people on television and in ads do a better job of reflecting what real people look like?

Group D: What if someone simply doesn't fit the physical definition of attractive. Can they still be attractive? How? Sometimes people dress in ways that go against the usual standard for attractiveness. What are some of the reasons? Does it matter? Should we judge people more by the way that they look or the way that they behave? Should we judge people at all?

What are some physical traits about yourself that you think are nice? (hair, eyes, shape of your fingers, skin . . .) Remember, they don't have to be perfect! What are the behavior traits that you think help to make you an attractive person? What things do you like to be valued for? Try to write an objective and positive paragraph about yourself. This isn't bragging, and it doesn't mean that there might not be some things you'd like to change . . . it's just focusing on what is already good.

• Sample answers to these questions will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org to request sample answers.
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## Activity 7-1 Report: What Is Attractiveness? (Student Reproducible)

Discussion Topics

Group A: How is being attractive different from being sexy? Who decides what is attractive about the way that people look? Who decides what is attractive about the way that people behave? Is it possible for your group to describe what you think it means to be an attractive person following the dictionary definition of the word?

Group B: Are males and females judged by the same standards when it comes to attractiveness? Try to describe an attractive male. Next describe an attractive female. Have you focused on the same types of characteristics? Have you looked more at physical appearance or behavior?

Group C: Do television, magazine, and other media images reflect or create our attitudes toward what is attractive? In other words, do we think people are attractive if they look like the people we see on TV, or are the people on TV chosen because how they look is what we find attractive? Should people on television and in ads do a better job of reflecting what real people look like?

Group D: What if someone simply doesn't fit the physical definition of attractive. Can they still be attractive? How? Sometimes people dress in ways that go against the usual standard for attractiveness. What are some of the reasons? Does it matter? Should we judge people more by the way that they look or the way that they behave? Should we judge people at all?

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