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Mnemonics are tools that aid memory. The aim of mediamnemonics is to generate a range of mnemonics specifically designed to make media revision far more effective. Tried and tested on Year 11 students at an Essex academy, they have been created by an experienced media teacher with 22 years of media subject leadership who holds an MA in Film and TV studies. English resources have been created by a teacher with 16 years of teaching experience in a secondary school.

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Mnemonics are tools that aid memory. The aim of mediamnemonics is to generate a range of mnemonics specifically designed to make media revision far more effective. Tried and tested on Year 11 students at an Essex academy, they have been created by an experienced media teacher with 22 years of media subject leadership who holds an MA in Film and TV studies. English resources have been created by a teacher with 16 years of teaching experience in a secondary school.
The Evidence Based Lesson Plan
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The Evidence Based Lesson Plan

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Rather than wasting time on gimmicks, the latest educational fad or relying on hunches and guesswork, the Evidence Based Lesson Plan template is based entirely on the latest research about what actually works in the classroom. The key findings from Barack Rosenshine's review of cognitive science and classroom studies ('Principles of Instruction - Research Based Strategies that every teacher should know') are used to create an easy to use four part lesson plan template. Each component of the plan is clearly linked to the research to give the teacher every chance of delivering a highly effective lesson. The template also builds in differentiation by encouraging the teacher to think about their class as three distinct groups - lower, middle and higher ability. The resource is made up of a two page Word document and PowerPoint template: Word Document Page 1 - the lesson plan template. Page 2 - the research, clearly linked to each component of the lesson. Please note - this critical, detailed explanatory page is not visible on the preview images. Powerpoint Template A basic template ready for content to be added. Prompts on each slide. See the notes panel at the bottom of the screen in edit mode for the links to the research findings. The research paper is referenced in a recent TES article which can be found by pasting the following link into your browser: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/are-these-7-pillars-classroom-practice
The Differentiation Focussed Lesson Plan Template
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The Differentiation Focussed Lesson Plan Template

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Place differentiation at the heart of your lesson planning with this easy to use template. This word document enables you to quickly plan your lesson on one side of A4, whilst encouraging you to differentiate activities, outcomes and support. This is ideal for all subjects and student ability levels, and especially for those teachers struggling to come to terms with differentiation in their lessons. It also helps structure the lesson into the starter, main activity, assessment for learning, and the plenary. 1 x lesson plan template in word format 1 x instruction sheet in word format
Improve revision with mnemonics
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Improve revision with mnemonics

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PREVIEW IMAGES AVAILABLE AT https://sites.google.com/view/mediamnemonics/home An entertaining PowerPoint presentation that introduces students to memory techniques (mnemonics) to help make their revision more effective. The 18 slide presentation includes links to YouTube clips on memory as well as the work of Daniel T. Willingham, B.A. Ph. D, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. It also includes a fun activity that demonstrates the power of images when revising. This would make an excellent start to the revision process, or even an assembly for Year 11 students as they begin the exam season. The final slide also provides links to a range of YouTube videos that both teachers and students would find useful - or inspiring! Further support and advice is available via mediamnemonics@gmail.com.
Zombie Attack! Times-Table Card Game
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Zombie Attack! Times-Table Card Game

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This simple zombie-themed card game has been developed to help make learning times-tables fun! The times-table facts have been divided into three sets of colour-coded cards based upon their level of difficulty. Students choose or are allocated their difficulty level and given a set time to try and destroy all 12 of the zombies in their set. They do this by giving the correct answer to the times-table sum shown on the card, causing the 'zombie' to be discarded. If they get it wrong, the zombie returns to the deck to be encountered again and again until it is destroyed - unless the time runs out! A simple, fun way to get students revising the times tables facts. Also, great for differentiation as the teacher can set the difficulty level and time. The 36 cards are provided on A4 sheets so will need printing back to back, or gluing together. An instruction sheet written for students is also provided. The 1 x, 2 x, 5 x, and 10 x tables are not included as the game is designed to improve recall of the more challenging time table facts.
Ultimate Apostrophe Challenge
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Ultimate Apostrophe Challenge

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A 31 slide PowerPoint that introduces contractions and possessive apostrophes, provides a range of examples and then challenges students to spot the 9 missing apostrophes in a piece of writing. Students then design an Owner’s Guide to the Apostrophe after viewing a short sequence from the film Gremlins. Finally, students are given a handout where they have to use their knowledge of apostrophes to uncover the hidden messages. As an extension task students can then create their own hidden message using the template provided. Approximately 2 hours of apostrophe work, depending on the ability level of the students.
Mobile Phone Awareness Posters
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Mobile Phone Awareness Posters

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These provocative and visually striking A3 posters are designed to encourage students to reflect on their mobile phone habits. Based on a respected study conducted by Common Sense Media in 2016, each poster has a statistic from the research findings or a challenging statement designed to stimulate discussion or simply encourage students to question their reliance on their mobile device. The seven A3 full colour posters are provided in PDF file format.
WJEC GCSE Media - Newspapers - 3 representation case studies for Section A of the exam
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WJEC GCSE Media - Newspapers - 3 representation case studies for Section A of the exam

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One PowerPoint. Three detailed representation case studies. Gender on the front page of The Sun and the Daily Mirror. Immigration on the front page of the Daily Mirror. Each with detailed, student friendly revision notes which are then linked to two potential exam questions. This resource would equip students to be able to tackle a question on representation in the forthcoming WJEC GCSE Media exam. Thank you to all those people who have purchased 59 WJEC GCSE Media resources (so far!) from the mediamnemonics shop! Please don't forget to review my work! This is for the June 2017 exam. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/mediamnemonics
WJEC GCSE Media Complete Mock Exam - Summer 2018
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WJEC GCSE Media Complete Mock Exam - Summer 2018

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What you get: A complete mock exam paper booklet in Word and PDF format, ready to print out, for the WJEC GCSE Media exam (Summer 2018). Students answer the questions within the booklet in exactly the same way as the actual exam. Section A TV News, Section B News Websites. The mark scheme for the mock exam in Word and PDF format. Again, this is based very closely on previous mark schemes provided by WJEC. A PowerPoint that walks the students through the exam, using the mark scheme to show them the sort of things they could have included in their responses. This mock exam uses a YouTube video of BBC's Newsround (link embedded within the mark scheme and PowerPoint). However, the exam could be modified to work with a different news programme.
Newspaper headline techniques revision mnemonic
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Newspaper headline techniques revision mnemonic

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PREVIEW IMAGES AVAILABLE AT https://sites.google.com/view/mediamnemonics/home An introduction to the 8 headline techniques, followed by a mnemonic to enable your students to recall them. An excellent revision aid, especially for the WJEC GCSE Media syllabus. This PowerPoint is also available as part of a bundle of 4 PowerPoints which includes mnemonics for the 12 front page features, 10 news values, as well as an introduction to the principle of mnemonics (great for an assembly).
Gender Representation Bundle
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Gender Representation Bundle

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2 PowerPoints provide detailed case studies of gender representation in a TV commercial and a DVD cover. Both are 'rich texts' and lend themselves very well to analysis. A 3rd PowerPoint helps students learn to analyse by using the 'red-green system', which emphasises denotation and connotation when writing about media texts. 2 hours plus teaching in 3 easy to use PowerPoints.
TV News analysis - music and sound - WJEC Media 2018 exam
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TV News analysis - music and sound - WJEC Media 2018 exam

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A lesson showing students how to analyse the music and sound of TV news. Using a mnemonic to help them remember the different components of moving image products, this PowerPoint and handout introduces the way TV news uses music and sound e.g. ident/title music, voice overs, presenter speech etc. Students then apply this learning to take notes (word document notes table provided) whilst watching BBC News at 6 (YouTube link within the PowerPoint). The word doc may need some re-formatting. Please read the notes section at the bottom of the PowerPoint when it edit view for guidance for each slide. This PowerPoint and activity is suitable for a 1 hour lesson and has been created for the WJEC GCSE Media exam (June 2018). More PowerPoints to follow.
Stuart Hall's Audience Reception Theory - Applied to a TV commercial
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Stuart Hall's Audience Reception Theory - Applied to a TV commercial

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In this 16 slide PowerPoint lesson, Stuart Hall's Audience Reception theory is introduced using a (slightly rude!) mnemonic. The theory is then applied to the Lynx Find Your Magic TV commercial (YouTube link provided within the PowerPoint). Screenshots of the ad appear alongside suggested notes related to the preferred, oppositional and negotiated readings of the ad. Learning is consolidated with an essay question at the end of the lesson. This would be an ideal way of demonstrating the theory in action. Useful teacher notes are provided in the notes panel when viewing the PowerPoint in edit mode. Please see my other resources at the mediamnemonics TES shop. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/mediamnemonics
The Learning Olympics - 4 sessions on learning to learn
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The Learning Olympics - 4 sessions on learning to learn

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Aimed at Years 5 - 7, this is perfect for an induction day or simply to develop students' learning skills. This 4 session unit uses the theme of the Olympics to introduce them to Guy Claxton's Building Learning Power attributes: being resilient, resourceful, receptive, and reflective. Students complete a number of activities to build their 'learning muscles', the aim being to become a champion learner. Used very successfully as a Year 5 taster day. 4 PowerPoints / sessions (45 mins - 60 mins each). Student Champion Learner booklet (Word document). Teacher instructions (Word document). Audio file for receptive challenge.
Power and Conflict Poetry - 16 Revision Lessons
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Power and Conflict Poetry - 16 Revision Lessons

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Created by an experienced English teacher, this zip file contains 16 PowerPoint lessons, each at least an hour’s worth of teaching including the following: 1 PowerPoint per poem; structured against the assessment objectives; YouTube links to contextualise each poem as well as recitals; practice exam questions; modelled responses; guidance on how to achieve the 9 to 1 success criteria. An additional PowerPoint - ‘Comparative Skills’ - shows students how to structure their exam answer when comparing the different poems. Each lesson has been tried and tested on Year 10 and 11 students since 2015. This set of resources is for the AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2 exam (Section B Power and Conflict).
WJEC GCSE Media News Exam Revision Bundle
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WJEC GCSE Media News Exam Revision Bundle

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4 PowerPoints PLUS an A3 revision mat (double sided). PowerPoints introduce each of the following topics, with examples, and then provides a mnemonic to help them stick: 12 Newspaper front page features 8 Headline techniques 10 News values Audience Reception theory PLUS An A3 revision mat. Side 1: Section A of the exam - newspapers. Side 2: Section B of the exam - radio news. Mnemonics included, and the perfect resource to print double sided, laminate, and then leave on each table of your classroom. This is for the June 2017 exam. For screenshots please visit https://sites.google.com/view/mediamnemonics/home
The Power of Mnemonics - PowerPoint lesson demonstration
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The Power of Mnemonics - PowerPoint lesson demonstration

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This easy to follow PowerPoint demonstrates the power of mnemonics in a very practical and dramatic way. In one 45 - 60 minute lesson, students will amaze themselves with how well they can remember the 17 battles in the Wars of the Roses (in the correct order!), as well as the names and colours of the two families, and the century they took place in. This tried and tested lesson never fails to convince students about the power of mnemonics. One student recently went from 6/22 to 21/22 in one 45 minute lesson. For more info please visit https://sites.google.com/view/mediamnemonics/home
Moving Image Features  Revision Mnemonic
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Moving Image Features Revision Mnemonic

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PREVIEW IMAGES AVAILABLE AT https://sites.google.com/view/mediamnemonics/home A brief introduction to the moving image features (mise en scene etc.), with a mnemonic to help your students remember them. Ideal for GCSE and A Level Media Studies. Please review if you download, and don't forget to check out my other resources! This one's a freebie...!
The Undead Said Icebreaker
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The Undead Said Icebreaker

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Engage your students with this free icebreaker activity - The Undead Said! This is perfect for the start of a new term, or just to get the students talking! Students take turns to try and stop the rapidly shuffling PowerPoint presentation on one of the 'hey teacher!' slides, answering the thought-provoking questions along the way. Even the most reluctant learner will want a go at trying to be the class hero by making the teacher impersonate a zombie! The PowerPoint contains 20 slides, each with a stunningly illustrated zombie theme. There are also 3 fun slides to get your students - and you - out of your seat and doing something a little bit crazy! Included: 20 slide PowerPoint Instruction sheet in PDF format. Don't forget to check out our other maths resources in the mediamnemonics shop!