English Language Coursework Media Pieces

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1 Media coursework GCSE English language coursework Media piece

2 English language coursework REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT COPY OF THE WORDS ON THESE SLIDES! IF YOU DO, YOUR COURSEWORK WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FOR PLAGIARISM!

3 History of fairytales Fairytales were originally meant for adults; They were invented during a time when people believed in things such as witches, ogres, giants and trolls; Eventually they were altered to remove violence so they could be told to children; Now they often include a “moral” or a lesson for children to remember;

4 Fairytales When was the last time you heard a traditional fairytale? In pairs write down as many fairytales as you can think of – you MUST be able to remember the story! Compile the list as a whole class Remember 5 key events from the fairytale you are given (tableaux)

5 We’re fairytale experts then! What makes a fairytale? What types of words are used? What characters are typical? What locations/places might appear? What usually happens? Any words or phrases you might expect? Create a fairytale mindmap

6 Traditional fairy tales Prince Princess Ogres/giants/trolls Dragons Traditional representationEvidence from fairytales The Hero: Tall, dark handsome, brave, noble, charming, represents good. The damsel: beautiful, weak, feminine, no common sense, marries Prince, represents good. The baddie: inhuman, animal like, eats humans, male, represents evil. Castle Swamp/barren place Desired: beautiful, luxurious, civilised, happy, home of good people. Detested: dirty, uncivilised, unwelcoming, home of evil.

7 Coursework title “In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man- eating beasts. The prince usually rescues the Princess, they marry and live happily ever after. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good and the Prince as evil?” Copy this in to your book

8 Writing task Write at least a paragraph about traditional fairy tales. You need to write about: How Princes and ogres/giants are represented in traditional fairy stories Explain what the ogre does in the story of Jack and Beanstalk Talk about what the Prince does in Snow White and the seven dwarves Pay particular attention to how they are REPRESENTED

9 Content In total, we are going to analyse: Shrek’s character Lord Farquaad’s evil side Camera shots Presentational devices used in the film (write this down too!)

10 Analysing Shrek’s character We are going to address: The beginning of the film His relationship with the storybook characters His first meeting with Donkey Their visit to Duloc The rescue of Princess Fiona

11 The opening Watch the opening again, think about: Why might viewers be surprised? What does the beginning of the film suggest? How will this film fit in with “traditional” fairy stories?

12 Shrek’s character: the beginning The film opens with a book containing a fairy story, making us think that is what we are about to experience. The music in the background is old fashioned, classical and traditional, we assume the film will be the same.

13 The story contains typical fairy tale phrases such as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after”. Shrek’s character: the beginning

14 The characters in the story are Princes, ogres, dragons and Princesses, just like traditional fairy tales. Shrek’s character: the beginning

15 Suddenly the book is torn up by a dirty great big GREEN hand! The viewer starts to think this might NOT be such a traditional story; it’s almost like the makers are “ripping up the rule book”. Shrek’s character: the beginning

16 The music changes abruptly to modern music An ugly green ogre appears from an outhouse, traditional fairy stories are banished to only “toilet reading”!? The message to the audience: SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG! Shrek’s character: the beginning

17 His habitat is not inhospitable or ugly: it is very domesticated and “homely”. Activity: How many things in this long shot can you spot which you would not expect to see in a traditional ogre’s swamp? Shrek’s character: the beginning

18 The ogre also seems pretty civilised, doing daily cleansing rituals, this is making him appear like a human being. Shrek’s character: the beginning

19 How is Shrek being presented as a human and not as an animal in this shot? Shrek’s character: the beginning

20 He is now painting, not just a human thing, but a cultured, refined, educated human trait. Message to the audience: this is NOT going to be a traditional fairy story! Shrek’s character: the beginning

21 Write a paragraph about the opening of the film Cover these points: How is it different to a conventional fairy tale? Why are the viewers surprised? What does such an opening suggest? You could use some of these phrases: The film Shrek opens with… Viewers are surprised because… The beginning of the film suggests that…

As loads of A level Language students (and teachers) are currently looking for style models to use for the A and B spec A2 coursework, I thought I'd try to make the search a bit easier by pulling together links to articles and stories that might be good to use.

I'll try to group these into broad areas that have been helpful for me in the past, but if you'd like to suggest other categories or argue about how I've grouped or defined these, just say.

(Updated with new links on Monday 17th October 2011)


Op-eds (opinion/comment pieces by named writers)

News stories


Feature articles



OK, that's a start for now, and I'll add more over the coming days. You can also look for the blog posts where these articles were first mentioned by putting various keywords and phrases such as language intervention, media text, style models, texting, slang, new words, political correctness in the search bar on the top left of the screen, or by clicking on the labels below.

You might also find this link helpful as it gives more info about what an op-ed is. I've always told my students it's an opinion editorial, but this link says that's not the case. Ho hum.

This is quite interesting on different types of feature article too.

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