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Create a Reality Competition

Students will investigate the format of various reality shows. Then they will select a subject they are currently studying or would like to study and outline the format of a new reality show featuring students their age.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, brainstorm a list of current reality competitions on television. Select three and outline the format of each. Challenge students to consider aspects including: What is the focus of the show? Who are the competitors? How do they audition? How are participants selected from the larger talent pool? How is the competition organized? and How is a winner selected? Encourage students to identify aspects they like and dislike about each show.
  2. Have students review the article to outline the format of "Virtuosos." How is it like the other shows? Discuss how the show's mission makes it different.
  3. Challenge students to create their own reality show competition for students. Tell them that their show must incorporate a subject area that they are currently studying or are interested in studying in the future. It must also have a higher purpose that helps competitors in some on-going way.
  4. Give students time to craft a detailed outline for their show.

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their outlines with the class. Instruct classmates to identify what they liked best about each. Encourage them to offer helpful suggestions to improve the format of each show.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:    

Grades 3-4:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to pick a subject for their reality show and write an outline describing how it would work. Provide boxes and art supplies. Encourage students to create a diorama depicting their program's set. 

Grades 5-6:
As a class, select one subject area that the class is currently studying. Then divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to come up with a reality show concept based on this subject area. Then have them write an outline describing how their show would work. Provide boxes and art supplies. Encourage students to create a diorama depicting their program's set. Challenge them to explain how the design of the set fits into the overall concept for their show. After all groups have presented, compare and contrast the different formats. Select the best aspects of each and discuss how they could be combined to create an even better reality competition for students.

Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to pick a subject for their reality show and write an outline describing how it would work. Inform them that their outlines must include details ranging from the first auditions to the final episode in which the winner is announced. It must also describe how the show's mission will impact participants' lives long after the final episode has aired. 

Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to pick a subject for their reality show and write an outline describing how it would work. Inform them that their outlines must include details ranging from the first auditions to the final episode in which the winner is announced. It must also describe how the show's mission will impact participants' lives long after the final episode has aired. In addition, pairs should draw a picture showing what the program's set would look like, select a theme song and explain how they would market the show to garner interest from competitors, viewers and potential advertisers.