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Teaching TV: Television Techniques

By Elizabeth Verrall Last updated 2024/05/27


The “Teaching TV: Television Techniques” lesson, a component of Elizabeth Verrall’s comprehensive five-part unit for elementary education, offers educators valuable insights for incorporating TV education in classrooms. By guiding students in creating their own media productions, the lesson imparts a practical understanding of how technology and film techniques are harnessed in television to convey meaning effectively. The lesson’s key objectives encompass fostering students’ comprehension and utilizing foundational techniques for producing impactful static images and sound. Furthermore, it aims to cultivate an appreciation for these techniques’ pivotal role in crafting compelling media content. This hands-on approach not only advances students’ media literacy but also develops critical thinking and heightened awareness of the intricate dynamics that underlie the creation of meaningful visual and auditory narratives.

Curriculum Connection

A1. Transferable Skills A2. Digital Media Literacy C1. Knowledge about Texts D1. Developing Ideas and Organizing Content
The "Teaching TV: Television Techniques" lesson seamlessly aligns with the Ontario Language Curriculum objectives. Under A1.1 Receptive and Expressive Communication, students identify and apply transferable skills across diverse contexts for effective communication, encompassing various cultural, social, linguistic, and domain-specific elements while engaging with diverse text forms. The lesson corresponds to A2.4 Forms, Conventions, and Techniques, as it encourages an understanding of digital and media text forms, conventions, and techniques, further applied when analyzing texts. It also ties into C1.5 Elements of Style by prompting students to recognize and describe style elements such as voice, word choice, patterns, and sentence structure that contribute to conveying meaning. Moreover, it aligns with D1.4 Organizing Content, guiding students in organizing ideas and information considering the intended text form and genre. This multifaceted approach enhances language skills and deepens media and digital literacy comprehension within diverse contexts.
Grade(s): 1 2 3 4 5 6
Topic(s): ComprehensionMultimodal LiteracyWriting

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