In these assignments you will learn
  • about the importance of visual language in creating media products,
  • about the concepts of denotation and connotation and how they influence our understanding of images and text.
  • that narrative, which determines how a media product is organized, is important in determining how we respond to a product.
  • to create a book for a specific audience

"When you hear the word language you will probably automatically think of words, either spoken or written. Words are an important part of communication between human beings. But the media does not communicate with words alone. It can also use pictures and sounds to convey meaning. Indeed, some media can work purely in a visual language, through pictures that you can understand in the same way as words."
Source: Wall, Peter. "Key Concepts Language." Media Studies for AQA GCSE. London: Collins, 2007. 8. Print

Sample Book: Petra in Jordan

Please look at the Design Cycle poster in the classroom. The Design process starts with investigation, goes through design, then to plan, then to the creation stage and finally the evaluation stage.

Investigation
  1. On your Media Literacy wiki, create a link named CountryBookUsername.
  2. On your new page, write the name of the country you will research.
  3. Visit the following
  4. Go to Country Report to research more information about the country.
    And go to the CIA World FactBook and also look on the Frommer's website
    Do not copy and paste, but make notes of information about the country on your CountryBookCodename wiki page. Make note of both the textual information and the visual information (the images). What do you find the most appealing?
  5. You will only be able to use images that are shared with Creative Commons Licensing. Use CC Search to find appropriate images. You will only need 4 images. Keep track of the URL for each image (not Google), so you can give credit to the original sources of each image.

Rubric for ICT portion of the grade:
Converted Score: 4.0 = 100%, 3.5 = 95%, 3.0 = 90%, 2.5 = 80%, 2.0 = 70%, 1.5 = 65%, 1.0 = 60%

4 = Exemplary
3 = Proficient
2 = Progressing
1 = Not Meeting Expectations
Title
Title indicates understanding of the country, topic and intended audience.
Title indicates understanding of the country but lacks indication of intended audience.
Title tells the country or topic. Title shows little understanding of the country or topic.
Title only includes the name of the country or the topic.
Visual Language:
Cover Photo
Meaningful photo that highlights understanding of the country, topic and audience.
Photo supports understanding of the country, topic and audience.
Photo supports understanding of the country.
Generic photo with little relationship to the country or topic or audience.
Visual Language:
Photo Pairs
All 4 pairs of photos compliment the sentences in English and Spanish to develop the connotation of the text.
3 pairs of photos compliment the sentences in English and Spanish to develop the connotation of the text.
2 pairs of photos compliment the sentences in English and Spanish to develop the connotation of the text.
1 pairs of photos compliment the sentences in English and Spanish to develop the connotation of the text.
Visual Language:
Audience
All photos highlight and provide visual images to support the country, topic and audience.
Most photos highlight and provide visual images to support the country, topic and audience.
Few photos highlight and provide visual support to country, topic and audience research.
Photos have little relationship to country, topic or audience.