This is an assignment I gave to a senior high school media class. Their goal is to select a television genre and analyze its codes and conventions as well as its impact on society.
This class needed a bit of guidance and help in organizing their ideas so this assignment is scaffolded in a way that helps them complete the assignment in an organized and thoughtful manner.
In this zip file, you will find two files:
- A Microsoft Word document outlining the assignment itself (I left it as a Word document so you can edit it to suit your needs since the expectations I outlined were made with my class' needs in mind.)
- A PowerPoint presentation on forensic crime drama that I used as an example of what I was looking for from them.
Prior to this assignment, I conducted a lesson on how to create a bad PowerPoint (so that they can make a good one)
. I also explained the following terms:
- Genre vs. format
The assignment document itself is broken down into a series of steps to help guide students through the presentation assignment:
- Outlines the overall expectation of the assignment. I made this into a group activity so that they can help each other out and share their knowledge of TV shows. You can modify that to make it into an individual assignment if you like.
- Outlines the four main parts of their presentation and what should be in it. (1. Introduction 2. Codes and Conventions 3. Assumptions and Consequences 4. Conclusions) I also provided guiding questions for students to consider.
- A planning handout with a reflection question for them to complete once their presentation is done.
- A PowerPoint planning handout
- A rubric with multiple strands (I teach in Ontario so the rubric reflects the media studies Ontario curriculum).
I didn't include it in this document, but I also gave students a calendar showing them the due date and how many work periods they have. I took that out since that's very specific to that time and place, but depending on how much guidance your class might need, that could be something you add in yourself.
Once I went over the assignment, I then showed them the example I made on forensic crime drama. I used that opportunity to role model how their presentation should look like (using the PowerPoint slides as visual aids, showing video clip examples, and elaborating upon ideas).
(This PowerPoint is also good for a separate lesson on forensic crime drama as it outlines a brief history, its codes/conventions, the assumptions that are made, and its consequences on society. Since I expected a bibliography from my students, the PowerPoint contains a short bibliography of the sources I used.)
The assignment and PowerPoint itself took me an hour to go over with students. However the assignment took my class approximately a week and a half to complete. During that time I met with each individual group to look over their two planning handouts so as to give feedback and to keep them on track.
Although I gave this assignment to my senior media class, this assignment is suitable for lower grades as well! Overall the scaffolding worked for my class. Many of my students had a great time sharing their knowledge of TV shows and was able to reach that deep meaty analysis that us media teachers look for.
Check out some of my other media literacy resources below!
MEDIA LITERACY ADVANCE MEDIA STUDIES TRIANGLE AD ANALYSIS
THE MEDIA STUDIES TRIANGLE WITH SAMPLE ANALYSIS
INTRO TO TARGET AUDIENCE IN ADVERTISEMENTS
INTRODUCTION TO AD CAMPAIGNS