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2006

Internal Assessment Resource

Subject Reference: Media Studies 3.2 90600


“Reading Reality?”


Supports internal assessment for:

Achievement Standard 90600 version 2

Explain how meaning is created in media texts.

Credits: 4



Student Instructions Sheet



For Achievement:
You will explain how elements of media language in two current affairs documentaries are used to communicate with the audience. You will explain two different readings of a current affairs documentary.

For Achievement with Merit:
You will analyse how elements of media language in two current affairs documentaries are used to communicate with the audience. You will analyse two different readings of a current affairs documentary.

For Achievement with Excellence:
You will analyse perceptively how elements of media language in key sequences in two current affais documentaries are used to communicate with the audience. You will analyse perceptively two different readings of a current affairs documentary.

Authenticity Check for material completed outside class:
For this assessment to be valid you must ensure that this check is completed for all material completed outside class.
Check
Date
Teacher Signature
Draft 1 seen by teacher
Wk6
Mon 10 Mar 08


Draft 2 seen by teacher
Wk8
Mon 24 Mar 08


Final submission
Wk 9
Fri 4 April 08



I state here that all work presented for this assessment is my own work.
Name:

Signed:

Generic Activity:

Complete the following task for TWO texts/documentaries:

TASK 1

You will view and discuss a series of current affairs documentaries in class. Following this you will choose TWO of the documentaries to use for this assessment.


View and re-view your chosen texts and complete the following task. You may have access to terminology guides and other appropriate handouts.

Using appropriate terminology, identify THREE significant elements of media language used across both texts. Remember: you must use examples from both texts.

Elements of media language might include:

Mise-en-scène: (‘everything in the shot’)
Could include:
Composition, framing, camera angle, camera movement, movement within the shot, focus, shot content, use of graphics, setting, body language, lighting.

Soundtrack:
Could include:
Voiceover, music, narrator

Editing:
Could include:
Structure, pace, rhythm, juxtaposition of shots, montage, fast or slow motion, transitions.

Archival footage/photo
Could include:
Old photos, documents, letters, certificates, diary entries, found footage, source (authenticity)

Interviews
Could include:
Unscripted and scripted interviews, vox pops, sound bites

Re-enactment
Could include:
Dramatisation, exposition of the story

Use of presenter
Could include:
Piece to camera, intro, outro, noddies, interviews

Choose from the (bolded) elements above. For each element explain and analyse perceptively the element’s contribution to the meaning of your chosen texts. You must use examples to support your arguments.


A single shot choice or piece of soundtrack will not always be sufficient. Try to find elements of media language that carry the most meaning across your texts. Look for patterns and repetition across the current affairs documentaries.


Complete the following tasks for ONE documentary:

TASK 2

Analyse perceptively two different readings of ONE text and support your comments with examples.

To ‘read’ a text is to explore the relationship between a text and its audiences.
Different people approach texts in different ways. They ‘read’ a text depending on their age, gender, culture, life experiences and knowledge. Different audiences will respond to a text in different ways depending on what strikes or interests them.

Your task is to complete two different readings of one text.
1. Representation – How are the subjects of the text represented?
2. Genre - how does the text use elements of the news genre to communicate meaning?
4. Sociological - what does the text say about society? Consider class, race gender, current issues etc.
6. Commercial - what are the commercial contexts of the text and how does this impact on meaning?


Assessment Schedule
For evidence, see attached exemplar tables.

Achievement
Criteria
Judgment
Met?
Met?
Achievement
Explain how different elements of media language contribute to meaning in media texts.
In two texts:
For each of 3 elements of media language:
Student explains each element’s contribution to the meaning of the texts with supporting examples.


Explain different readings of a media text.
In one text:
Two different readings of the text are explained with supporting examples.
Merit
Analyse how different elements of media language contribute to meaning in media texts..
In two texts:
For each of 3 elements of media language:
Student analyses each element’s contribution to the meaning of the texts with supporting examples.



Analyse different readings of a media text.
In one text:
Two different readings of the text are analysed with supporting examples.


Excellence
Analyse perceptively how different elements of media language contribute to meaning in media texts.
In two texts:
For each of 3 elements of media language:
Student perceptively analyses each element’s contribution to the meaning of the texts with supporting examples.


Analyse perceptively different readings of a media text.
In one text:
Two readings of the text are analysed perceptively with supporting examples.

Notes

All exemplars relate to the current affairs documentaries studied in class. You cannot duplicate this material in your own assessment task.