Media Assignment Feedback 2013


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Media Assignment Feedback 2013

  1. 1. Assignment Feedback Typical problems and issues
  2. 2. Correct Submission • Always attach top sheet – staple top left • Ensure top sheet completed with info – name, class, planning and reflection comments • Append word count to essay • Word process • Correct usage and presentation – check spelling and grammar issues. • Ensure any images needed are attached.
  3. 3. Recurrent Issues • • • • Depth and detail Textual analysis (L3 skill) Avoid description only (L2 skill) Use all appropriate terms and concepts – critical theory and its application. In this case semiotic terms.
  4. 4. Semiotic Terminology • To be able to analyse a text you must first make sure that you are using the correct terminology • Signifier - the elements that can be described, the things that are there • Signified - the things associated with the signifier two similar and equally important words are... • Denoted - the actual thing, something that is actually there • Connoted - what is associated with that thing, what is suggested or implied
  5. 5. Deconstruct this advert
  6. 6. Signifiers or Denotation • • • • • A model in a dark suit leaning against a wall A bunch of pink roses The word 'Paris' The Yves Saint Laurent logo The Eiffel tower (out of focus) in the background • A superimposed image of a perfume bottle
  7. 7. Signifiers or Denotation • Any of these elements can be analysed by themselves or can be combined with others to be analysed. • The second part of the paragraph is where you analyse and say what is associated - this should be longer than your description.
  8. 8. Signified or Connotation • The second part of the paragraph is where you analyse and say what is associated - this should be longer than your description.
  9. 9. Essay Structure • • • • An essay should have 4 main sections: 1) An introduction 1) Main body 3) A conclusion (this should be 10% of your overall word count) • 4) References and Bibliography.
  10. 10. • i) Writing an Introduction • First, explain the aims of the essay to the reader. • Give the reader a ‘roadmap’ of your essay. Which topics will you cover and in which order? What issues will the essay raise? That means you will outline the structure of it. • You may find it easiest to write the introduction when you have written the rest of the report!
  11. 11. • ii) Main Body • This is the main section, where you should ensure that you do the following: • Define all key terms (don’t assume the reader knows what they mean!). • There should be a logical flow to the essay. This stops you repeating yourself. • Thoughts, ideas or discussions should be written in paragraphs.
  12. 12. • iii) Conclusion • ALWAYS return to your original introductionwhat were your aims? • Summarise your main conclusions and findings. You can do this by reading through the Main Body and making notes –what is the main conclusion of each paragraph? These conclusions should refer back to your original aims or essay question. • Do not give new information in the conclusion. • If you make recommendations, state them clearly and concisely. • “This is a good place to include a ‘killer quote’ if you’ve got one.”
  13. 13. Reflection & Tracking Achievement • Reflect on the strengths & weaknesses of your work based on feedback from teacher. • Complete tracking sheet • After 2-3 periods, look for patterns you can correct and work on • Aim to improve for the medium and long term – not simply the short term.