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Help with B604 Religion and the Media OCR

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by delahay, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. delahay

    delahay New commenter

    Hi, I have ditched B602 at short course and instead I am going to do B604. Could anyone give me any suggestions for resources for the relationship with the media section. Thank you, much appreciated.
     
  2. delahay

    delahay New commenter

    Hi, I have ditched B602 at short course and instead I am going to do B604. Could anyone give me any suggestions for resources for the relationship with the media section. Thank you, much appreciated.
     
  3. I teach this (as part of the full course) and have done exam marking for this paper. Religion and the Media is always, in my experience, the weakest section of the exam. Low ability pupils seem to think it's easy because they can relate to the questions, but it's difficult for more able to reach the highest levels on the (e) questions.
    Best advice I can give is to make sure they actually watch some of the media they will be writing about - far too many answers that I have read clearly haven't and so can't really relate their learning to the question. The problem with this is most probably time. If you are doing short course I guess you only have an hour a week.
     
  4. nqt04

    nqt04 New commenter

    Hi. Which media do you recommend candidates should watch? Thx.
     
  5. Because of the range of possible questions they would need to follow the plot of an ethical issue in a current soap. They also need to wacth clips of comedys that might be seen as offensive to some. There's lots of examples on YouTube - I use Family Guy (Jesus comes to dinner), Ali G talking to religious people, Life of Brian. I also look at characters like Vicar of Dibley (the episode were she performs the Christmas service drunk and when she goes speed dating) and ask if this gives a false impression of the role of a minister and the type of people who go to church. However, we also look at the new year episode launching the Poverty 2000 campaign and discuss if some Christians might be in favour of programmes which bring Christian values to the rest of the population.
    Films: Bruce Almighty - I also use this as a form of revision for the Trinity (God as cleaner, electrician and the Boss), attitudes towards miracles and free-will. For the media we discuss if it is accepptable for an actor to take on the role of God. I also tell them about (but don't watch due to cert) Passion of Christ, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Excorcist
    On top of this we watch whatever documentaries are available on Iplayer etc. This year we've looked at living with the Amish, Make Bradford British, What made Britain Great.
    We discuss the role of 'the God slot' and watch programmes like Songs of Praise and Sun morning chat shows.
    Hope this is heplful
     
  6. I've just uploaded my powerpoint - Religion and Comedy - which contains ideas and links for this aspect of the unit
     
  7. nqt04

    nqt04 New commenter

    Thank you for your previous post, that is so helpful. I'm a non-specialist teaching primary RS and planning to sit this paper in a few weeks' time. That Family Guy clip is delightful ... (I share several issues with Lois!). I've searched carefully for your ppt without success: what is its title, please? Thanks again for your help.
     
  8. If you click on my user name it will take you to the resources I've uploaded - it should be saved as Religion and comedy.
    There's also a lesson on media Influences and a SoW if that's any use
     

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