English and the Media is a visually stimulating resource that supports the delivery of non-fiction and media focused learning objectives.
Pupils benefit from learning to analyse and understand how the English language, written and spoken, is used and presented by the media.
Short clips of original film drama provide a narrative stimulus for each unit. Each of the units is designed with 3 routes for differentiated learning and these can be combined by the teacher for individual needs making this a very versatile resource.
The six Units cover the following topics
Unit 1 - Media Texts
Analyse and compare reports of a traffic accident by local television, newspaper and web.
Example in this picture the reporter is stood outside a hospital - is this visual bias to create empathy with the victim? What if the victim caused the accident?
Unit 2 - Biography
Watch film clips of Lee, a 17 year old offender and compare his auto biography with a biographical account.
Unit 3 - Advertising
Deconstruct a typical press advert and use pics from the resource to create a drink drive campaign. Using supplied film clips and commentary create a television advert for the campaign.
Unit 4 - Review
Analyse a film review and apply to an original supplied short film.
Unit 5 - Scriptwriting
Watch a film clip and deconstruct the script. Using materials supplied write a short film script.
Unit 6 - Radio and Rhetoric
Use a prepared radio interview to identify and understand rhetorical devices. Edit prerecorded interviews to create a radio report that can be balanced or biased.
Included in the resource is 'Smooth Edit' for Unit 6 Radio and Rhetoric, and 'Smooth Image' for Unit 3 Advertising. These are audio-visual sequencing tools that enable pupils to assemble and analyse a radio report and TV advert.
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"Really excellent preparation for GCSE non-fiction reading and writing, as well as Media Studies…What I really like about these resources is that they aim high; they will challenge all students of all abilities. It claims to be 'visually stimulating' non-fiction and media focussed learning, And it is! It is fantastic!"
Joan May, retired Senior Schools Inspector.
“The material is superb and all the supportive information is very impressive... The flexibility of the material and the comprehensive ‘teacher notes’ allows the teacher time to be creative and plan... this resource and material will provide the pupils with 3 stimuli, visual, hearing (pupils listening) and vocal (pupils responding). This resource successfully covers the three key areas and provides the whole class with the ability to benefit from the lesson.”
Interesting and stimulating materials that encourage pupils to participate in lessons.
Insight to the world of media and media bias and manipulation.
Opportunities for follow up community projects such a s road safety.
Excellent preparation for GCSE English and can be used for Media Studies and Drama.
Enriches traditional curriculum content.
As an engaging and stimulating resource English and the Media supports students writing and Speaking & Listening.
The teacher can choose different routes through the Units to suit the ability and language skills of the students.
There are different routes through the 6 Units which allows the teacher to select or tailor the materials for individual needs.
Students have an opportunity to learn from 6 Units and reflect there own views and opinions. For example a road safety campaign.
A very useful resource for staff training and development, particularly within an English Department for sharing ideas and good practice.