Course aims / learning outcomes
This course is a combination of Media Studies and English - you can mix and match pretty much whichever assessments you like from these subjects to best suit your program. A list of MEDIA STUDIES STANDARDS CAN BE FOUND HERE and ENGLISH STANDARDS HERE.
Each term, we'll focus on a text study (short stories, poetry, short films, long films, novels), and then students will be invited to complete an assessment based on that study.
Usually, students will lean towards completing these standards:
- Script Writing (Med 1.8) - 3 credits
- Creative Writing (Eng 1.4) - 3 credits
- Formal Writing (Eng 1.5) - 3 credits
- Designing & Making a Short Film (Med 1.5, Med 1.6) - 3 credits + 6 credits
- Creating a Visual Text (Eng 1.7) - 3 credits
- Personal Responses to Texts (Eng 1.10) - 4 credits
- Analysing Film Techniques (Med 1.2, Eng 1.11) - 3 credits each
The focus of the course will be on internal assessments - students will be welcome to enter Eng 1.1 and 1.2, but we won't necessarily be spending that much time in class on essay writing techniques. For that reason, I'd recommend using an external study guide to prepare adequately for those assessments.
We’ll study texts together, then choose an assessment to do based on that text. Not everyone in the class will choose the same assessment. You might be the only one in the room completing a visual text!
Therefore, you really should have your head around the various NCEA standards before entering this class! This approach is not recommended for those students who require a lot of additional classroom support, but this approach does tend to work well for self-directed students.
Being a senior course, some of the texts studied will inevitably be R13 - those students who are not yet that age are encouraged to try the 'Baby Minglish' course in Purple.
- Assignments that take place over time will be produced in Google Classroom. Learning Advisors will monitor student work by accessing document history. A portion of work will need to be completed during class time under Learning Advisor supervision.
- Students may be required to sign an authenticity statement, perform certain parts of assessment tasks under close supervision, or show through interview and the existence of notes and supporting material that the work submitted by the student is genuinely his/her own work.
- Students have the right to appeal the mark they have been awarded. If a student wishes to appeal a grade, they should initially talk to the subject learning advisor about the marking process immediately after the marked assessment task is shown to them. If still dissatisfied the student should make an appointment and discuss grades with the Principal’s Nominee who will check that the correct procedures have been followed as outlined in the school and subject policies taking into account any special circumstances.