Narrative – Part 2

Just a (very) quick post… It is Friday night, after all.

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And while I remember… Tuna!

Have a good weekend. Go see a film!

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Narrative Theory – 1

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Hi everyone… finally managed to sit down with an internet connection!

Here’s part one of the Narrative slides. Remember, you have a rundown of what Narrative means in the Key Aspects Booklet (with Spielberg on the cover)…

Also, at the bottom of this post, you’ll find the Word Version of the Assignment Handbook. I’d recommend downloading it and having a skim through it. We’ll go through the important parts in class next week so don’t feel too intimidated by it. (Yes, it does represent a massive amount of work, but if you keep on top of it, it’s very do-able!)

We discussed in class a few films that I wasn’t sure whether you had seen or not… and it’s a sign of my age that there are many that I know and love that you haven’t heard of! Just tell me… however, the ones I was mentioning in particular with regards Narrative, include The Usual Suspects, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestial, and Jaws. Unusually, I’m not going to link to them because (and especially The Usual Suspects), the real joy is in seeing it without knowing what is going to happen. yes, you can look up the plot, but don’t… you’ll only get one chance to see it for the first time and it is worth it!

Obviously, I’m interested in hearing which films you have seen and rate as well… I’m always keen for suggestions and many of my favourite films have been recommendations or suggestions from pupils so, go for it!

More to come over the weekend, but for now, here’s the Assignment Booklet. We’ll go through it in class as soon as I get the hard copies. 🙂

Guess what happens when you click on Hitchcock!

Quizlet Up And Running… I Think!

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I think this should work!?! I’ve set up a Quizlet revision class which should help you practice and become more familiar with the terminology you will need to know as we progress. I’m not exaggerating when I say that becoming comfortable with what is, essentially, a new vocabulary is fundamental to doing well in the course. Honest. I’m really not.

Now… if this works, the link below should take you to a ‘join’ page where you will need to create a (free!) student account. You can use an existing email, or (and I’d seriously recommend this) set up a new Gmail account (other providers are available!) which you only use for studying… and you can carry this on to Uni/College as well. It’s a good idea to keep school/Uni/work stuff separate from your “real”/personal email.

The Link: https://quizlet.com/join/ft5An6z9K

Now… you can help me. This is the first time I’ve used Quizlet, and I haven’t seen what it’ll be like from your end as I can only sign in as a teacher. I would really appreciate anyone who can leave a comment here after trying it to see how it is from a learner’s point-of-view.

And be kind… this is a very basic set covering the 7 narrative structures we’ve been looking at. I know that Quizlet is capable of much more, but it’ll take me a few quizzes to get up to speed with all it can do.

Enjoy, and feel free to suggest topics and/or improvements… 🙂

And Like That… Again!

Narrative. Story. Plot.

These are crucial concepts to get your head around. They shouldn’t be too difficult because you’ve been hearing the words for ages in English, but you do need to know them in greater depth.

For now, it is enough if you remember that there are SEVEN narrative structures that you should be aware of, and that by narrative structure, we mean how the story/text is constructed.

With regards the story (or plot) itself, there are only really 7 plots to consider…

Full details in the slides which (as ever) you can get as a PDF by clicking the picture below. Use the comments if you want clarification on any of it… 🙂

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Narrative Part 01

Narrative ScreenshotAs promised, here are the slides from today. The main thing at the moment is to realise that there are different narrative models. As you watch films over the summer, just give a thought to which model(s) the film is using to tell its story. Many of the films I reference are available via Netflix/Amazon and/or Sky… just be aware of relevant classifications. 🙂

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Easter Revision 03 – Narrative

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A handful of files for you today…

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Click on the images to download the three files. The ‘green’ one you should already have as a printout… and also the booklet Narrative one as well.

As you read through them, always be thinking about PQD, and also whether the narratives of any music videos you see fit them as well (I’ll give you a clue, they probably do!)

Be on the look out for examples to illustrate the concepts and theories… and keep your eyes peeled for a wee update on what you need to remember for the exam itself. 🙂

As ever, I am indebted to the work of Messrs Pikavance, Jewell and Instrell for the originals… My revamps are mainly so I can run them on my Mac!

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