WRITTEN TASKS

Written task 1 Here is a summary of what you will want to look for in each criterion at both SL and HL. A handy print out for assessing student work is also provided. For the actual descriptors, we refer you to the IB Language A: Language and Literature guide. Criterion A – Rationale –…

Types of texts and their characteristics

The Language A: Language and Literature guide suggests we study a range of text types. ‘Deconstructing texts’, as we call it, is one way of exploring the structural conventions of various text types. In this section we ask ourselves: “What kinds of features contribute to the text’s structure? If you are preparing a written task…

POP CULTURE – SON LYRICS – GENDERED MEDIA

“The Man”   [Chorus:] Well you can tell everybody Yeah you can tell everybody Go ahead and tell everybody I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man   [Verse 1:] I believe every lie that I…

MASS MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE

Music videos are interesting texts to analyze, as they convey messages through moving image, music and text (song lyrics). Music videos are seen by a wide audience of young individuals over the entire word through various online channels (YouTube) an television (MTV). This lesson invites you to think about what kinds of symbols and images…

STEREOTYPES IN MEDIA

TUESDAY 2 JUNE STEREOTYPES IN MEDIA Images of girls and women in the media are filled with stereotypes about who women are and what their roles should be in society. These stereotypes can be negative, limiting and degrading and impact both how women perceive themselves and how others see them as well. This lesson provides…

BIAS: Single mothers

Bias can be very subtle, and subtle bias can be more dangerous than overt prejudice. In February 2012, an article appeared in the New York Times on the growing numbers of single-parent families, with a specific focus on one town in Ohio. It was criticized by Slate Magazine for hiding its judgmental bias behind a…

BIAS: Euphemisms

How are people manipulated through language? Have you ever noticed how politicians can make something sound nicer that it really is? They do this by using euphemism. We don’t tell people that a family member ‘died’. We say they ‘passed away’. Soldiers do not accidentally kill fellow soldiers. Instead we refer to ‘friendly fire’. The…

IMAGE BIAS

Photo Bias in the Media from HonestReporting  

IMAGE BIAS

CAN IMAGES BE BIASED TOO? The Matching Game In this activity, the goal is to match the images with their respective headlines. Images help shape how we read a story and through this activity one can see exactly how much images influence our expectations of the corresponding story. In some instances, the images chosen may…

FURTHER ORAL ACTIVITY – APRIL 14

FURTHER ORAL ACTIVITY (APRIL 14) For this activity you have to use material taken from any international or national (English Speaking countries only) online newspaper. It has to be a current piece of news (late 2013 – 2014) . BBC, NBC, CNN, The independent, The guardian, The daily mirror, etc. In an oral presentation your…

AGENDA SETTING THEORY: KEY CONCEPTS

                                                                       @WE ARE SURROUNDED BY MEDIA@ Imagine a typical day in your life and identify all the different sorts of media…