Fairfield High School                                                         Web Address: www.fairfield-h.schools.nsw.edu...
Scope and Sequence – Film Unit           Year 7                  Year 8                     Year 9                Year 10 ...
ESL unit outlineTopic:              Visual Literacy through film - CaravanYear:               Access (Preparation for Stag...
Analysis of still shots from ‘Caravan’                                           Shot:                                    ...
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Visual literacy through explicit teaching of film to recent arrivals in senior years.

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  1. 1. Fairfield High School Web Address: www.fairfield-h.schools.nsw.edu.auFairfield High School is a comprehensive, co-educational public high school in South-WesternSydney with a population of 869 students representing more than 50 language and culturalgroups.We have an Intensive English Centre on campus, and about 80% of their graduates come to us.According to our recent ESL Survey, 88% of our population comes from a Language BackgroundOther Than English. We have an ESL allocation of 6.8 staff members and have a dynamic facultywith a good mix of experienced and more recently trained staff.Students of an age appropriate to Years 7-10 are placed in parallel classes upon exit from theIEC. In Stage 5, students with strong scientific or mathematical skills may be placed in amainstream class for these subjects, allowing them to extend their skills further in these areas.Students who are of an age that would indicate enrolment in Year 11 enrol in the the Accessprogram – effectively a senior bridging program for students who fit into senior yearschronologically, but need to close gaps in their knowledge and skills. In its current format, Accessstudents study English, Maths, Science, Civics, Computing Studies, Home Economics and Sport.Their English lessons are split into two lines, spending 9 periods per cycle on the Certificate ofSpoken and Written English, and another 9 in a course called Preparation for Stage 6. The namereflects the purpose – the idea is that the students will gain some of the knowledge and skillsothers would gain gradually throughout Stages 4 and 5, and therefore be able to cope with thedemands of the Preliminary ESL course.Cheryl Weber and Lisa Betker Page 1
  2. 2. Scope and Sequence – Film Unit Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Camera Work Camera Work Camera Work Camera Work• Shot sizes and types: • Shot sizes and types: • Movement: pan, long, medium, close- extreme long, tracking, tilt, zoom, up extreme close-up crane shot,• Angles: high, eye • Angles: overhead, steadycam, handheld level, low undershot• Movement: pan, • Camera speed: tracking, tilt, zoom slow/fast motion, freeze frames Lighting Lighting Lighting Lighting• Colour, shadows, • Backlit, sidelit, key and contrasts fill lighting • Filters, lenses, washes Sound Track Sound Track Sound Track Sound Track• Dialogue, Silence • Sound effects, Music • Volume, pitch, pace Framing and Framing and Mise-en-scene Mise-en-scene Composition Composition • Setting• What’s in the frame? • Props • Costumes • Makeup/hairstyles • lighting Context Context Context Context• Links to other texts • Links to other texts • Links to other texts • Links to other texts Scripts and Scripts, screenplay Scripts, screenplay and Scripts, screenplay Storyboard and Storyboard Storyboard and Storyboard Dialogue Dialogue Dialogue Dialogue Editing Editing Editing Editing• Transitions: dissolve, • Second unit • Pace and rhythm • Montage wipe, fade, cut • Spatial editing • Juxtaposition• Continuity editing • Shot-reverse shot • Temporal editing Characterisation Characterisation Characterisation Characterisation • Stereotypes • Stereotypes • Stereotypes Transformation and Transformation and Transformation and adaptation adaptation adaptation Images, iconography Intertextuality and and symbolism appropriation Establishing Establishing shots/sequences shots/sequences Genre and Genre Genre and Genre conventions conventions Dominant and resistant Dominant, resistant readings and alternative • Ideas and values readings • Underlying cultural assumptions and valuesEach year a limited amount of time is spent reviewing assumed knowledge from the previousyear’s unit. By Year 11, it is assumed that students have thorough knowledge and understandingof visual techniques and analysis.Cheryl Weber and Lisa Betker Page 2
  3. 3. ESL unit outlineTopic: Visual Literacy through film - CaravanYear: Access (Preparation for Stage 6)Rationale: Students attempting Stage 6 English courses will have an assumed knowledge of four years’ accumulated visual literacy. Students recently arrived from the IEC will not have been exposed to film studies. This unit aims to bridge the gap through the medium of an Australian short film. Language Teaching & Learning Outcomes Resources Quality Teaching Structures/Features ActivitiesStage 5 Outcomes: Learn about Metalanguage of film Film techniques – activities Caravan, Jennifer Intellectual Quality1.10 the use of variations within conventions of particular genres, including around camera angles, Ussi, 2004 IQ 5 Metalanguageforms of poetry, fiction and film and how these variations address thecomposer’s purpose Oral interaction – class lighting, colour, costume etc IQ 6 Substantive4.13 codes and conventions, including emotive, evocative and impersonal discussions around the themes to build the field. Film as Text, Communicationlanguage and signs, used to signal tone, mood and atmosphere in spoken, of the text Jennifer Ussi,written and visual texts Building the field (themes) – 2004 Quality Learning4.14 the appropriateness of the use of Standard English, its variations andlevels of usage. Personal responses delivered discussion of family Environment6.8 ways in which film-makers transform concepts into film, including first orally, then in writing relationships, responsibility, QLE 2 Engagementconsideration of script, story lines, sustained perspective, and visual and choices. QLE 3 High Expectationsaural components of film-making and their interaction Language and structure of (Both resources QLE 4 Social Support6.9 the ways in which imaginative texts can explore universal themes andsocial reality. analysis – writing formal Viewing the film – short are available from QLE 6 Student direction8.8 the metalanguage for identifying, describing and explaining relationships responses enough to view in one lesson Classroom Video,between and among texts with plenty of time for and come with a SignificanceLearn to: Scaffolding written language discussion – first viewing resource kit) S 2 Cultural Knowledge2.2 use writing and representing as an aid to research, planning, classifyinginformation and learning through use of tables and straight through, then create S 3 Knowledge6.1 explore real and imagined (including virtual) worlds through close and proformas a synopsis. Integrationwide engagement with increasingly demanding texts S 5 Connectedness6.2 respond imaginatively and interpretively to an increasingly demanding Discussion of themes. S 6 Narrativerange of literary and non-literary texts7.2 trace ideas and images through extended texts Change and growth – personal responses to theESL Scales: Oral Interaction text. Symbols.7.2 Identifies and incorporates some non-literallanguage and some key cultural references in speech.Reading and Responding Analysis of film techniques –5.5 Reads with understanding a range of texts, including those remote from can use “Film as Text” topersonal experience, interpreting mainly at a literal level and using the facilitate this.information for other purposes.5.12 Focuses on planning and editing writing to improve its range andexpression. Use of technique tables.6.12 Plans and revises writing to enhance its fluency, accuracy andreadability Assessment – scaffolding anWriting extended response exploring5.10 Adjusts the form of writing to intended contexts, purposes andaudiences. how the techniques used reflect the themes.Cheryl Weber and Lisa Betker Page 3
  4. 4. Analysis of still shots from ‘Caravan’ Shot: Angle: Colour: Costume: Effect: Shot: Angle: Colour: Costume: Effect:Cheryl Weber and Lisa Betker Page 4