This 26 page Revision guide is an extensive and focused look at the 2018 AQA LEGACY GCSE exam, Serial TV Drama. The guide is an engaging, thorough and easy to access document for students which covers all of the key RAIL concepts (Representation, Audience, Institution and Language (Media), provides A Star Exemplars to questions that have a high likelihood of appearing on the exam written by myself as well as a concentration upon key A RAIL theories.
Although the Revision Guide focuses on the selected texts; ‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘The Night Manager’ and ‘Stranger Things’ with students having picked their own 4th text to analyse, the WORD document is easily updatable for teachers to swap in the texts they have studied with students and is largely genreic towards the Serial TV Drama genre and it;s various sub-genres.
Page 1- The Exam Format
Page 2- Case studies
Pages 3 to 5- Representation; progressive, regressive, archetype, countertype, stereotype, tokenism, misrepresentation, zeitgeist etc.
Page 6 to 9- Audience; Uses and gratifications, Pick ‘N’ Mix theory, ABC1/C2DE, AOGRE , the impact of E-Media on Audience consumption etc
Pages 10 to 13- Institution; Ident, self and independent regulation, Commercial Broadcasters, Public Service Broadcasters, Ideology, Conglomerates, oligopolies, monopolies, synergy, multinational institutions
Pages 14 to 17- Media Language; genre, sub-genre, written/technical and symbolic codes, conventions, hybrid, platforms, multi-platforms, all of the main TV Drama sub-genres identified and broken down
Pages 18- Final bits of advice; Exam breakdown, how to get an A* etc.
Page 19 to 20- The Do’s and Don’ts of Essay Writing
Pages 21 to 22- Possible Exam Questions; MY PREDICTIONS OF QUESTIONS LIKLEY TO COME UP HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW.
Page 23 to 24- Exemplar A* Exam Responses which include responses to the following potential questions=
POSSIBLE QUESTION QUES 1: How have the texts you have studied both adhered to and subverted codes and conventions of the sub-genre they belong to ensure that an audience is maintained throughout the whole series?
TIME TO WRITE IN EXAM= 30 MINS)
POSSIBLE QUESTION 2: We would like to hear your ideas for a new Serial TV Drama aimed at a younger audience. We have in mind a TV Drama that would appeal to teenagers, both girls and boys. We would like you to come up with the following:
• A name for the Series
• A plot synopsis of your Series
• Your reasoning behind the choices you have made
(TIME TO WRITE IN EXAM= 20 MINS)
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