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Leaning task 4

Learning intention(s) Developing understandings about key narrative elements
KCs/ Principles/Values focus KCs:
Thinking – explore various understandings
Relate to others – peer discussion

Exploring key narrative elements

  1. Introduce the film “Lord of the Flies” (or any other appropriate film) and perhaps read a review. Early in the viewing, complete a prediction task – what will happen? Why do you think so?
  2. During viewing, record what they learn about the setting, the main characters and aspects of the theme, as these are the focus of the teaching and learning goals.
  3. At the beginning of each viewing period review what happened previously and introduce a new aspect of narrative elements: character, setting, plot – exposition, development (challenges, conflicts, turning points, climax) resolution.
  4. Use some learning key word strategies to learn the words and what they mean. For example, a barrier task could be used. Create two versions of grid with terms and definitions and examples. One version has some parts filled and the other version has the other parts completed. In pairs students each have a different version and work together to fill in their own grid.
  5. Discuss the ways that the characters are revealed using the The Character Grid. Work in pairs or individually to explore key aspects of how a character is revealed in a narrative and make some conclusions of your own. The Character Grid also encourages you to include details and evidence from the film to support conclusions. This grid will be useful later if you completed an essay or other task requiring understanding and evidence of character development.
  6. Select a strategy [eg restructuring text; cloze exercise; key word quiz, mix and match meanings] to become familiar with key elements of plot, such as exposition, complication, development, turning points, climax, resolution.
  7. Select a strategy [eg three level guide; question dice; character grid] to become familiar with key ideas in the text that you are focusing on.
  8. Discuss the Survival Novel Tasks which focus on different aspects of the novel. Tasks allow for different interests and strengths as well as require different levels of thinking.
  9. Work individually or in pairs on the novel tasks and products. Work is completed in class and at home. The product is decided by group in consultation with your teacher; it could be pamphlet, or powerpoint etc. Assemble the final product for presentation to the class.

Published on: 18 Jan 2011