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Can you keep it real?. A study of documentaries. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …. 5 things you expect to find in a documentary 4 topics covered in documentaries you have seen 3 words to describe your thoughts about documentaries 2 reasons why your think documentaries exist

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Can you keep it real?

A study of documentaries


5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …

  • 5 things you expect to find in a documentary

  • 4 topics covered in documentaries you have seen

  • 3 words to describe your thoughts about documentaries

  • 2 reasons why your think documentaries exist

  • 1 simile for a documentary (A documentary is like …)

In your exercise book


Flying Penguineshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYVBaTD0zqw


Flying Penguineshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzhDsojoqk8&feature=related


Why is it so convincing?

  • Watch the “Flying Penguines” ad again and see if you can pinpoint some of the things that make this seem like a genuine documentary:

    • Presenter:

      • Casting:

      • Voice:

      • Language:

      • Costume:

    • Subject matter

    • Footage

    • Sound and music

In your exercise book


The Magestic Plastic Baghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw


Digging into the script

  • Add the adjectives to the cloze passage script.

  • View the documentary again to see how many of them you placed correctly.

  • Can you also find these other language features:

    • Personification

    • Imagery

    • Pathos

    • Euphemism

    • Parody

    • Irony

  • Can you find any other language features?


Glue the sheets into

your exercise book

Essential Questions

Leading towards the big concepts for this unit


Bias

  • Can a nonfiction text ever be unbiased?

  • Should documentaries and biographies aim to be unbiased?

  • How ‘real’ does a biography or documentary need to be?


Audience

  • Who reads or watches nonfiction texts?

  • Why might they read or watch nonfiction texts?


Purpose

  • What’s the purpose of a biography?

  • What’s the purpose of an autobiography?

  • What’s the purpose of a feature article?

  • What’s the purpose of a documentary?

  • What’s the purpose of a mockumentary?


Techniques

  • How ((ie techniques) do biographies and documentaries shape our attitudes?

  • What kinds of things get omitted from biographies and documentaries?

  • What kinds of things get included in order to make us believe that tests are ‘true’?

  • How can you tell if a biography or documentary is leaning towards a particular bias?


Almost a documentary…

  • How can you tell if you’re reading a docudrama?

  • How can you tell if you’re reading or watching historical fiction?

  • How can you tell if you’re watching a mockumentary?


A good documentary…

What makes a good documentary?

(HINT: purpose … audience…)


A recipe

  • Create a recipe for a

    successful documentary.

    You should write:

    • Ingredients

    • Method

    • Serving suggestions!

  • Hints: you might like to include some of these things:

    • Audience

    • Purpose

    • Composer

    • A range of techniques

    • Subject matter of the documentary

In your exercise book


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