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Exemplar AQA GCSE Lesson Plan | Introducing TV News

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, Intro to News

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Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: Introducing TV News


This lesson would take place around the February Half Term, after completion of Controlled Assessment and serve as an introduction to the examined unit on TV News. It is expected that a very basic introduction will be required, based on the stereotype that 15 year olds tend not to be engaged by TV News, consuming news instead on a range of alternative platforms which will also be assessed.

Aims and Objectives

To introduce pupils to TV News as an area of study and to familiarise learners with a range of texts, both on television but also online and on mobile platforms. In terms of learning outcomes, pupils will begin to develop an awareness of the range of TV News texts, but also alternative platforms – the beginnings of an awareness of narrative content will also emerge.

Sequence of Activity/Resources

  • Plenary – aims and objectives. Exploring cultural reference points via open questioning – who watches TV News and what type of news e.g. celebrity entertainment news and sport or is that patronising young people? Support with PPT slides of news desk images of a range of texts offering simple sentences describing output while pupils take notes: 10 min.
  1. BBC News 24 – Formal UK and World News
  2. CBBC Newsround – Informal, upbeat selected news items for 6-12 year olds
  3. C5 News – Formal but less in depth UK and World News coverage
  4. Fox News – Political opinionated American news channel
  5. Al Jazeera English – Formal, serious in depth World News channel
  6. BBC One Look North – Local News Channel, mainly regional news reporting
  • Activity 1: In groups, watch the following clip and tell me what you think is typical of the codes and conventions of TV News (CNN reporting the Lee Rigby Woolwich Murder). See questions...

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