Year Ten Work

In section two of the novella ‘Of Mice and Men’, Steinbeck presents an image of bunkhouse that is typical of the time period. The migrant workers inhabit this bunkhouse and the bunkhouse acts a refuge for the workers. At the start of the description of the bunkhouse, it is presented as…The use the….suggests that…

The inhabitants are presented as…


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A2 Media___Music Video Conventions

General Conventions of a Music Video_New_and_Improved2

Year 10 Media, May 20, 2015

Objective: Review the mock exam

S–What did you do to prepare for the mock? Where did you do it? How often?

M–Review mock–Purpose is to inform you of the areas that were needed to earn top marks.

D–Take notes

P–Begin rewrite.

HW–Due first day back after half-term, mock rewrite. What you added in a different colour.

May 13, 2015 Lesson

Year 10

Title: Varying Paragraph Length for Effect

S-Rewrite this paragraph with the goal of having every sentence begin with a different word. You are allowed to combine sentences. Avoid run-on sentences and sentence fragments.

The trial had been scheduled for two o’clock. The audience was nosily settling itself in the courtroom for the coming show. The lawyers were quietly talking and shuffling piles of papers at the polished tables in the front of the room. The bell in the courthouse tower struck two in resounding tones. Judge Perez, dignified in her long black gown, walked slowly to her bench. The clerk rasped out, “Everyone rise.” The room seemed suddenly to lift for a moment, and then it settled back into an eerie silence. The judge opened the case of the People vs. John Strong in a manner, which seemed to imply that such trials happened every day of her life.

M-What does it mean to ‘vary paragraph length for purpose’? When should this be done? Why should it be done?


  • Vary paragraph length means to skilfully decide when to start and end a new paragraph. Normally, in most pieces of writing, a change in topic dictates when a paragraph ends and another begins. Yet, in imaginative writing, you can bend the rules. Actually, you’re expected to ‘bend the rules’ for this coursework task (you’ll need to do this a couple of times to earn top marks).
  • But why would you do that? It’s all about highlighting an important aspect of your writing. Once you’ve decided what you want to highlight–a character’s actions, a devilish look, the silence of the night–then isolate the sentence (which will become a paragraph by itself) from the previous paragraph and begin a new one.
  • Look at this simple example. Why has the author made a single sentence paragraph at the end? Discuss this effect with your partner?

I started to hunt through the living room. Maybe she was hiding behind the sofa? No. I checked everywhere: in the cupboard under the stairs; outside in the garden; even in the shed.

Gemma was gone.

D–Let’s read and analyse an extract from ‘Jurassic Park’. Why has the author make the paragraph breaks? At the end of each paragraph, write a response to the above question, as well as write a comment on the effect he has created.

From Jurassic Park

P-Fifteen minutes–Continue the story. The story must contain all of the OFFASTMAPS and TWO instances of paragraphing for effect

Time Permitting

Label your OFFASTMAPS and write an explanation regarding why you paragraphed.

A2 Media Studies

Title: Completing a Personal Audit for Question 1a


S–How have you progressed? Make a mind map of the skills you have learned and the skills you have developed?…Write everything down.


M-Review 1a


  • 25 Marks
  • 30 Minutes
  • 600-700 Words
  • Asked on one or two of the five areas
  • Assessing Progress

What can you discuss with Progress?

  • Growth from pre-media studies to AS
  • Growth within AS
  • Growth within A2
  • Growth from AS-A2
  • Growth in non-coursework assignments

Keys to doing well

  • Consolidate what you have done and how you have done it before hand–this requires doing a ‘personal audit’ of where you were before the course (media-wise) and where you are now
  • Plan your essays beforehand
  • Plan and write five exemplar essays before the exam
  • In each essay, describe what you did, how you did it and then compare it with what you did later….then spend a chunk of words talking about how you have grown and why it was important.
  • Have a range of examples
  • Make examples specific (e.g. razor blade tool)
  • Use the following key words/phrases often…’I progressed from..’, “I grew as media student’, ‘To develop as a media student’…’To expand my skills’

D–Personal Audit/Review example

1a Personal Audit

1a Overview

Complete your personal audit with as much detail as possible

P-Work on Personal Audit

HW–Complete personal audit…due next class

A2 Media Studies…Logistics…What you need to do in preparation phrase of your coursework?

Homework: Prepare for the shooting of your coursework. To do this, post a series of blog posts that revolve around the following areas of preparation.

Look at what other groups have done previous years.

1. Actors–casting call, text messages, e-mails, dress, costume, make-up…anything that relates to you communicating with your ‘star’.

2. Location–recess shots, lighting plans, camera set-up, booking the location…anything that requires you organise this location(s).

3. Equipment–what type of equipment will you be using, having you used it before, what instructional videos have you watched, have you experimented with this equipment? Anything that requires you develop your skills in using this equipment is needed.

3. Props–have you gone through your storyboard and identifies all the props you needs, when you need them and at what location? Post pictures of the props, post any information on who will be bringing/obtaining the items.

4. Risk assessment–how have you planned for the worst? Make a list of all the possible things that could go wrong, assess the likelihood that it could go wrong and then put strategies in place for it not to happen.

The above is DUE on FRIDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2015

Due Friday

January 15, 2015 Lessons

Year Eleven Media Homework…Due Tuesday Make a 2-3 slide PowerPoint that consolidates what you learned from your peer feedback. The PowerPoint Slide must contain: 1. Overview of the positives 2. Overview of ‘areas to consider’ 3. How you plan on using the feedback to move forward 4. Blend of images (photos of audience feedback)and text This task must be uploaded to the VLE using the hand-in folder. The VLE can be accessed here. Year 12 Media (LBS) Goal: To learn the requirements of the planning step and what you need to present on January 27.

  1. Storyboard your idea using post-it notes–Draw the images, discuss and organise. Where will the title be? Frequently blog about this process. Make daily goals/deadlines.
  2. Make the animatic–Take photos of the post-it notes, edit them together and add the music. Your animatic MUST have the music behind it. Blog about this.
  3. Review your animatic and make a shooting script–locations? Actors?. Blog about this.
  4. Present your ideas to the class–be aware of what you want feedback on, eg. tempo, titles, does the narrative make sense?, ect.

Year Ten English Lesson WW1 Video Quiz

  1. What countries (3) did the Germany invade that caused Britain to become involved in WW1?
  2. Another name for WW1 is the ___________ war.
  3. Name two of the four new forms of war technology that were seen in WW1?
  4. The outlook at the start of the war was very _______, so much so that boys as young as twelve managed to lie and get into the army.
  5. Germany marched on Paris and the French marched on the Germans. This caused the ___________    ___________ (two words).
  6. Why was trench warfare terrible; what happened to the soldiers? Give two examples.
  7. What caused the United States to get involved in the war?
  8. How were the solders that made it home from the war ‘changed men’? Give two examples.

Year 12 English Lesson

Leda and the Swan