"It is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching."
Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene II.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NZATE CONFERENCE 2014 Workshop #2 - Through the Lens: Visual Language - production and close viewing at Level 3

Presenters: Helaina Coote and Tamara Yuill Proctor

Helaina has been developing this course over a number of years - an English course with a visual focus. In terms of assessment they offer 3.9 Close reading visual text, 3.7 Connections and 3.6 Produce visual text, 3.5 Produce oral text (seminar) and one external, 3.2 Visual Text. The course is called English and is different from the English Literature class, which sits 3.1 and 3.2. 

Close Viewing Strategies - 3.9

- Text studies (making meaning strand) are connected to the production activities (creating meaning strand).

- Developing an overarching theme. They had two classes doing genre studies using the James Bond franchise, and one doing a thematic study around the idea of marginalisation.

- Explicitly teach the skill of responding critically.

- Create a context for your text and access secondary material.

- Exemplify: have annotated exemplars to show the students what is required.

- Create scaffolds and checklists for the students.

Produce Visual Text Strategies - 3.6

- Keep the brief open and see what emerges.

Although this standard encountered the most initial resistance from students it was also the one that they enjoyed the most. Students from the other course were asking if they could do it.

We saw some amazing samples of student work, some based on studied text and others on issues of the student's own choice.

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