Category: Intermediate

Logos: Why do people victim blame?

A flock of birds seen from below against a blank white sky. The birds form the shape of a question mark.

Summary: This lesson asks students to read a research-supported article about why people tend to victim blame–in cases of sexual assault but also in other situations of victimization.  The students use the article to practice identifying claims, reasons and evidence

Ethos: Values, Branding and Gender

Summary: In this lesson students practice analyzing the values portrayed in particular advertisements and considering how the company is trying to build its credibility (and its brand) with its target audience.  Students also consider which values are marketed towards women

“Good Girls” and Sexual Assault

Summary: In this lesson students will investigate the stereotype of the “good girl” through an essay by Roxanne Gay and a music video by Carrie Underwood.  They will explore how this idea of the “good girl” affects how we understand

Defining Consent

Summary: This lesson is designed to let students create their own standards for their community and for their personal lives with regard to sexual assault.  This is the first step towards empowerment, which allows them to see themselves as agents

Redefining Sexual Assault

  Summary:  Now that they have isolated some of the prevailing messages and myths surrounding sexual assault, students will try to understand sexual assault from an alternative rhetorical perspective: that of the survivor.  They will try to define sexual assault