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The Power of Mass Media – A structured, conceptually driven program of work for the secondary English classroom.
The Power of Mass Media” contains a conceptually driven program of work and supporting resources, including a Powerpoint file and related worksheet, explicitly designed to address skills based outcomes, including prescribed cross curricular content.
Throughout the unit students will engage with details of contemporary mass media print texts and digital texts, with themes and social issues including youth, gender and diversity, in order to analyse meaning, examine perspective, and identify cultural assumptions, ideologies and language embedded in non fiction texts.
In particular students will engage in composing, viewing and responding activities that provoke them to challenge cultural and gender assumptions embedded in media texts. This will invariably prompt students to consider: Who is creating the text? Why the text is created? What is being represented? What is not being represented? Whether what or what is not being represented, is valuable?
The unit also includes activities designed to engage students in applying language and a range of strategies, including ICT, to shape their own mass media texts in order to address specific purposes, audiences and contexts.