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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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
GCSE Media News Selection and Construction
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GCSE Media News Selection and Construction

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A hands on practical lesson in PowerPoint form ideal for teaching the principle of news selection and construction. This has proven to be one of my most successful lessons in enabling students to grasp some complex theory by working as editorial teams to select from a list of REAL events to construct a front page. Their product is then compared to the real thing! This also enables them to revise their knowledge of key terms including: Masthead, Headline, Standfirst, Secondary Story, Caption, Copy and Splash. This is ideal preparation for the WJEC GCSE Media Section A News exam.
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
News Websites - analysis of key features (ideal for WJEC GCSE Media Section B)
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News Websites - analysis of key features (ideal for WJEC GCSE Media Section B)

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A PowerPoint lesson introducing students to the key features of News Websites, followed by a mock exam question designed to be typical of Section B of the WJEC GCSE Media exam. The PowerPoint then provides suggested content to form the basis of a model answer. 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 at least a 1 hour lesson and is lesson 11 in a series created for the WJEC GCSE Media exam (June 2018). For more lessons on TV news and much much more, please visit the mediamnemonics shop. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/mediamnemonics
Newspaper front page features revision mnemonic
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Newspaper front page features revision mnemonic

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PREVIEW IMAGES AVAILABLE AT https://sites.google.com/view/mediamnemonics/home An introduction to the 12 newspaper front page features, 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 10 news values, 8 headline techniques, as well as an introduction to the principle of mnemonics (great for an assembly).
WJEC GCSE Media A3 Revision Mat - News Exam
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WJEC GCSE Media A3 Revision Mat - News Exam

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A double sided A3 Revision mat designed specifically for the WJEC GCSE Media exam. Side 1 - Section A of the exam - Newspapers. Newspaper front page features, audiences, institutions and representation. Mnemonics (memory tools) included. Side 2 - Section B of the exam. Radio News. Planning and writing a news bulletin, BBC Newsbeat case study, and institutional issues (OFCOM, convergence). Print it on A3 (double sided) then laminate. The perfect resource to have on each table as your revise for this year's news exam. Use alongside my revision PowerPoints or as a standalone revision tool. This is for the June 2017 exam.
Emergency Lifeskills Lessons - over 90 YouTube videos in one easy PowerPoint
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Emergency Lifeskills Lessons - over 90 YouTube videos in one easy PowerPoint

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Stuck for a life skills lesson starter? Something for PSHEE? Need a 'filler' activity or something to prompt a discussion? A quick 5 minute video for tutorial time? Something to inspire in an assembly? A 45 minute documentary on teen pregnancy? Or just something to 'wow' your form group? The Emergency Life Skills Lesson PowerPoint gathers together over 90 links to YouTube videos that have been carefully selected and organised into a quick and easy PowerPoint interface. Just select your category from the list, then choose your video from the brief description which also includes the running time. Categories include: Human Rights Our Place in the World Government and Democracy Teen Issues Bullying Inspire Learning and Revision Fun!
WJEC GCSE Media A3 Revision Mat / Knowledge Organiser - News Exam 2018
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WJEC GCSE Media A3 Revision Mat / Knowledge Organiser - News Exam 2018

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A double sided A3 Revision mat / knowledge organiser designed specifically for the WJEC GCSE Media exam. Side 1 - Section A of the exam - TV News. All the key theory and core concepts needed for the exam (genre, organisations, representation, audience, narrative) including several mnemonics (memory tools). Side 2 - Section B of the exam - News Websites. All the key theory and examples of how to mock up a web site. Print it on A3 (double sided) then laminate. The perfect resource to have on each table as you revise for this year’s news exam. Use alongside my revision PowerPoints or as a standalone revision tool. This is for the June 2018 exam. See my medimnemonics shop for more resources! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/mediamnemonics
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!
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
WJEC GCSE Media - TV News - Mock Exam Question Walkthrough
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WJEC GCSE Media - TV News - Mock Exam Question Walkthrough

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A 14 slide PowerPoint lesson that begins with a lesson starter on news values before posing a 10 mark mock exam question based on previous WJEC GCSE Media exams. After viewing a Sky TV News intro (link embedded in PowerPoint), students attempt their answer before being presented with detailed prompts about the sort of approach they could have taken as well as a summary sheet (a slide of the PowerPoint) which reminds them of each story within the intro and some of the key stylistic elements. The PowerPoint ends with a model answer. 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 at least a 1 hour lesson and is lesson 10 in a series created for the WJEC GCSE Media exam (June 2018). For more lessons on TV news and much much more, please visit the mediamnemonics shop. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/mediamnemonics
TV News - Representation in a TV News story - Sound elements PowerPoint lesson and handout
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TV News - Representation in a TV News story - Sound elements PowerPoint lesson and handout

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A complete PowerPoint lesson and handout introducing students to representation in a TV news story, focussing on the sound elements. The PowerPoint provides detailed notes on the key sounds elements (BBC News at 6 - Youtube link within PowerPoint) which the teacher is encouraged to use either to introduce the concept, or following class discussion to compare with the students' answers. Students consolidate their knowledge and understanding completing a one page handout (Word doc.) 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 at least a 1 hour lesson and is lesson 9 in a series created for the WJEC GCSE Media exam (June 2018). For more lessons on TV news and much much more, please visit the mediamnemonics shop. 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.
Halloween  Maths Basic Operations Bundle
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Halloween Maths Basic Operations Bundle

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Practise Maths word, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems with Zombie Attack! Engage your students in a real 'hands on' activity using three stunningly illustrated PowerPoints, each with 30 slides.
TV News analysis - special effects - WJEC Media 2018 exam
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TV News analysis - special effects - WJEC Media 2018 exam

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A lesson showing students how to analyse the special effects of TV news. Using a mnemonic to help them remember the different components of moving image products, this PowerPoint and handout introduces the different types of special effects of TV news e.g. idents, graphics etc, applying them to 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.
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...!