It is important that what students learn inside the classroom has strong connections with what is going on in the outside world. This resource attempts to do this. It focuses particularly on international stories from countries of the Southern Hemisphere and aims to develop in Year 9 students an awareness of how the media influences their view of global issues. The activities have been chosen to emphasise the importance of a human rights framework in the analysis of media representation. To facilitate this there are several activities included to help students clarify their understanding of human rights.
This resource spans both English and Media Studies. Both subjects have a strong focus on close textual analysis. This approach to texts steers students away from making quick judgements about what they think they see or hear. By isolating elements of media texts, such as: sound, visuals, or sections of the narrative, students are more able to concentrate on how key elements work and can be read by audiences.
The narrative, storyboarding activities and the Radio Project enable students to understand selection, ordering and construction and tie in with English lessons as well as Media Studies. The pack integrates practical skills with critical, analytical and creative approaches.
These resources are published in association with NATE
We would like to thank the following teachers for their contributions:
- Shamila Ali, Bydales School, Marske by the Sea, Teesside
- Paul Eckert, Burnholme Community College, York
- Phil Grosset, Easingwold School, North Yorkshire
- Nina Jolly, Harrogate High School, North Yorkshire
- Caroline Jones, Canon Lee School, York
- Ann Litchfield, St Davids RC, Middlesbrough
- Christina McCourt, Stokesley School, North Yorkshire
- Gill Sangster, The Norton School, Stockton, Teesside
- Andrew Smythe, The Norton School, Stockton, Teesside
- Mark Stubbert, Harrogate High School, North Yorkshire
We would also like to thank the Advisory Group to the project:
- Sally Hicks, Chair, Centre for Global Education
- Thérèse Lewis, York St John University
- Richard McManus, City of York Local Authority
- Averil Newsam, One World Network, North East, Durham
- David Stevens, University of Durham
and the external evaluator, Stuart Page, Head of Programme, Comparative Media, York St. John University.
We acknowledge the support of the PGCE Tutors at the following universities: Tom Wharton, Leeds Trinity and All Saints; David Stevens, Durham; Nick McGuinn, York; Andrey Rosowsky, Sheffield and Kath McColl, Sunderland.
Thanks also to Susan Bainbridge and Jenny Sykes for manuscript typing and transcription.
We very much appreciate the support of the National Media Museum, Bradford and Teesside One World Centre, Middlesbrough for hosting our meetings in the North East and to DFID for funding the project.