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Clean and clear Film and Media Studies resources with basic study skills materials too.

Clean and clear Film and Media Studies resources with basic study skills materials too.
News Values / Newsworthiness Media Studies Lesson
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News Values / Newsworthiness Media Studies Lesson

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A 1-2 hour lesson based around news values and newsworthiness. Includes: A 35-slide PowerPoint presentation An accompanying script for the slides Printable resources to be used to complete the later task in the lesson Features an introduction to the concepts of news values, newsworthiness and gatekeeping. Depending on the level of comprehension of your students, you can add additional complexity, particularly in terms of media theory. This lesson is probably best aimed at GCSE/KS4 and A Level/KS5 but could also be tweaked for use in HE/Foundation level. Has 3 tasks of increasing complexity and requires minimal resources, but what is required is also included and would need to be printed (preferably in colour). Includes 8 categories of newsworthiness and how they are used to construct a news agenda alongside dozens of examples to spark discussion. This is not the full extent of newsworthy categories but they are designed to cover the most ground with the least categories. Feel free to add and tweak as you need. Includes an extended, interactive group activity that shows how the news agenda manifests itself through developing stories.
Essay Writing - a basic introduction
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Essay Writing - a basic introduction

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A 3-page introduction to writing essays, best aimed at students who are struggling with the concept and purpose of writing essays rather than those who are already familiar with extended writing. Presented in a clear and visual manner. Features: Essay structure (title, introduction, main body and conclusion) Understanding questions (with brief notes on how to answer different kinds of questions) Essay planning Writing in paragraphs and structuring them correctly Drafting essays Bibliography Presented in docx format so that teachers can personalise it for their own students AND pdf version if you simply want to grab and run with it.
Microsoft Excel 2016 - basic functions handout
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Microsoft Excel 2016 - basic functions handout

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A 4-page handout featuring the basic functions of Microsoft Excel 2016 (but also largely covers the functions of Excel 2013). Arranged in a pleasingly simple format that is easy to read and uses examples and images where needed to show how to access the functions. Features information on: Using cells, columns and rows Font styles Font size Font colour Cell formats and colours Paragraph positioning within cells Using the format painter Keyboard shortcuts Merging cells Using formulas (only a simple introduction) Column filters Generating charts Presented in docx format so that you can alter the text to make the handout bespoke for your own students. Happy to receive feedback on improvement and additions for future versions too.
Introduction to Cinematography lesson
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Introduction to Cinematography lesson

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An introduction to the basics of cinematography in film. Designed with both GCSE and A Level in mind, but would also be suitable for introductory HE modules as well. Designed by a lecturer who has taught film at all of the above levels. This lesson should take up approximately 2 hours, perhaps more if you are verbose or wish to use your own examples as well. Contains: 61 slide presentation (pptx format) Full details/script for the presentation. The presentation is very visual, with screenshots to demonstrate cinematography choices as well as some looped gifs to really drive home the point. Sections covered: CInematography rules (180 degree and 30 degree rules) Shot choice (close up, medium shot, long shot etc) ‘Numbered’ shots (one shots, three shots etc) Camera movement (tilt, pan, tracking etc) Lenses and depth of field (shallow focus, fish eye, soft focus etc) Framing (eye line, rule of thirds etc) Film stock and film gauges (8mm, 35mm etc) The majority of the lesson is designed to be delivered in a ‘lecture’ format, though there is a short group task as well. This lesson would not suit a complete beginner as some prior knowledge would be needed to effectively deliver this lesson with confidence.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 - basic functions handout
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Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 - basic functions handout

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A 4-page handout featuring the basic functions of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (but also largely covers the functions of PowerPoint 2013). Arranged in a pleasingly simple format that is easy to read and uses examples and images where needed to show how to access the functions. Features information on: Slide formats Side bar Designs Inserting text boxes Inserting images Using shapes Font styles Font size Font colour Paragraph positions Using the format painter Using transitions Using animations Keyboard shortcuts Bullet point lists Inserting simple tables How to start your presentation Presented in docx format so that you can alter the text to make the handout bespoke for your own students. Happy to receive feedback on improvement and additions for future versions too.
Microsoft Word 2016 - basic functions handout
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Microsoft Word 2016 - basic functions handout

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A 4-page handout featuring the basic functions of Microsoft Word 2016 (but also largely covers the functions of Word 2013). Arranged in a pleasingly simple format that is easy to read and uses examples and images where needed to show how to access the functions. Features information on: Font styles Font size Font colour Paragraph positions Using the format painter Indentations Line spacing Using shortcuts Bullet point lists Margins Orientation Creating simple tables Inserting images and shapes Spell check Word count Presented in docx format so that you can alter the text to make the handout bespoke for your own students. Happy to receive feedback on improvement and additions for future versions too.
Assessment/Marking Criteria Creator
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Assessment/Marking Criteria Creator

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You will need a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel to use this assessment criteria creator, but help is also included. This was designed in MS Excel 2016 (xlsx file) though it should work in most other recent versions of Excel. This MS Excel document will allow you to create assessment criteria/marking band information for your assesments. I find this creator enormously useful for making quick marking criteria. You can easily select a range of pre-loaded assessment criteria or you can remove them and start from scratch on your own. Pre-loaded criteria include: Content Delivery (both individual and group for presentation) Quality of English Language and Vocabulary Use of Visual Aids Design Research and Sources Structure (for essays or coursework) Structure (for presentations) Use of technology Each criteria comes with 4 bands of marks and marking descriptions for each but you are free to adjust wherever you need to. The calculations can also be altered if needed with a little Excel skill. Help boxes are included on each tab with information on making amendments or additions. These help boxes can be moved out of the way when you don’t need them. If in doubt, please contact me on TES and I will help you. One note - ensure that the number of criteria that you select is divisible by the total number of marks. For example, if you are going to use 4 different criteria, make your assessment out of 40 or 100. If you were to make it out of 75 you may end up with calculations that don’t neatly fit the marking bands.
Microsoft Apps - basic functions handouts
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Microsoft Apps - basic functions handouts

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A bundle of three popular basic functions handouts, featuring: Microsoft Word Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Excel All handouts are 3-4 pages and offer a clear, and visual introduction to the key functions of each Microsoft application. These are written for British English students, but are easily adaptable to other areas.