Non-fiction and media basics (KS3/4)
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Analysing an opinion article
Students analyse an opinion article about a burger chain. They then 'assess' a student answer and give it a grade.
Importance of tone
A useful starter or introductory resource to introduce tone. Students practise saying a particular phrase in different ways to change the implied meaning.
How to survive a shark attack - creating an advice sheet
Students are given a number of statements to put into the correct order and add illustrations to etc. with a view to creating their own leaflet.
What is news?
A comprehensive PowerPoint (with answers) focusing on what news is, how we receive it and a close analysis of headlines. A Magnet interactive activity is also available.
Fascinating colour cards containing some surprising facts about various colours. Ideal as part of an advertising module, or even in conjunction with a particular novel or play.
Ideas for improving media vocabulary including a definitions game, based on the card game Chicanery or Call My Bluff. A Matching whizzy is also available.
De-coding presentational devices
Encourage students to do more than just describe presentational devices by explaining their effects. Separate activities on photographs, captions, colour, slogans, font styles, headings and sub-headings.
Glossary for non-fiction texts
A handy one page document with key non-fiction terms.
Teachers TV video - Teaching challenge: Rachel Johnson
Examine the structure of a newspaper article and the realities of working in journalism.
Media and non-fiction checklist
Use this handy flowchart as a foolproof way to analyse a non-fiction or media text.
Advice on exercise
Close analysis of a non-fiction text from a book about diet and exercise.
Language devices speed dating
A fun starter activity to revise the features students will need to know for paper one. Also great for KS3!
Twelve top tips
A useful framework that can be used to analyse media texts.
Non-fiction and media trail (with a football flavour) map and guide
A range of ways to approach the teaching of non-fiction texts and help your students acquire the necessary skills for GCSE.
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Fact or opinion - which is it?
Interactive multiple choice resource. Test your students' understanding of fact and opinion by getting them to categorise the statements accordingly.
1966 World Cup article
Students explore the word classes and the effects of specific words, using a crunched version of a newspaper article relating to the 1966 World Cup.
Glossary of media terms
Task sheet enabling students to learn what print media terms mean by producing a poster.
Useful for beginners, either at AS or GCSE: students record and compare their own habits as media consumers.
Use presentational devices to produce a poster for a specific target audience.
Analysing a media text
A handy generic task which asks students to analyse a media text of their choice. A possible homework activity or speaking and listening preparation.
Media texts summary sheet
A handy summary chart to complete.
Teacher's copy - 1966 world cup
1966 World Cup - fill in the gaps
Another sporty resource!
Blank storyboard sheet
Fact and opinion - what is the difference?
Bias - what is it? (the sporty version)
An interesting guide with a football flavour.