Sociology and TV Production

Spencer Swindler, Social Studies, Vance High School

Final Unit (PDF)     Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)

200 Word Synopsis

The objectives are to examine the purposes that groups fulfill through analysis of television production crews.  Students define and evaluate the theoretical perspectives of social interaction.  The sociological theories of people like Mills, Michels, Weber, Cooley, Durkeim, Mead, and Tonnies are introduced.  Narrowing that focus, this unit helps students to understand Cooley and Mead’s theories and explain the socialization process that takes place within the classroom.  Classroom activities are detailed.  Sample worksheets, handouts, and lesson plans are included.  Looking-glass-self activities show students how crew members’ reactions affect their self-image.  Skits, comics, and simulations are uploaded to YouTube to help viewers grasp the concepts.  Ultimately this unit will help teachers and students understand how individuals and groups interact.