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Year 11 - Textual Investigation - Soap Operas

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Transcript of Year 11 - Textual Investigation - Soap Operas

What are we doing for the next few weeks?
Year 11 - Overview
The Big
You are going to be completing
We are focusing on the 1st at the moment - SOAP OPERAS
Over the next 3-4 weeks we are going to look at soaps in detail. Including things like:
Conventions, Characters, History, Structure, Appeal etc.
When I feel we are ready - we will
complete the textual investigation.
'Investigate how genre conventions are used in Eastenders'
Over 2/3 lessons you will produce your investigation.
There is a word limit of 600-900 words
Lesson 1
Soap Opera
Learning Outcome: To identify how
different soaps follow the
Who can remember the conventions
of a Soap Opera? Write down at least 4
Task 1
We are going to watch one episode of Eastenders and Hollyoaks.
You are going to analyse both whilst you are watching and make notes.
Move to a computer
to research the last
two boxes
Task 2
Story board your own opening sequence
to a soap opera - remember to follow the conventions!
Task 3
Summerise your findings in a paragraph
Lesson 2
The functions of
soap operas
Learning objective:
To explore
the functions of soaps
Task 1
Rearrange the
Task 2
Write everything you know about these 4 people:
Levi Strauss
Remember the conventions of a soap? One of the most important conventions is the use of multiple narratives.
Watch the soap and try and find examples for each theorist
To finish off -
let's revise
what we have studied
Write one convention
of an SO
Write one function
of an SO
Write one theorist
Lesson 3
Title: Narrative within
soap operas
Lesson Objective: To anaylse
narrative within soap operas
Task 1
Remind yourself of the narrative theorists!
Task 4
Let's fill in this grid as a class:
Task 2
Watch the 2 soap operas
and identify examples of each
narrative theorist - complete your grid
Task 3
Why do audiences keep watching?
Look at the different ways in which
narratives keep audiences watching.
Lesson 4

Title: Representation
and ideologies in Soaps
Learning objective:
To develop knowledge of
representation and ideologies
in soaps
Starter activity
Have a look at
your test results. Where did you lose marks? Let's discuss the answers
Task 1
You are going to watch the soap and
analyse it for the representation of different groups.
Let's discuss -
what did you find?
Does what soap it is
effect the representation
within it?
Task 2
Discuss with a partner the
names of the following soaps and see if you can give each one a meaning.
Coronation Street
• Eastenders – East End of London, the people

• Hollyoaks - a place, community , Chester

• Emmerdale – dale suggests countryside, community , Yorkshire

• Coronation Street – tradition, monarchy, old fashioned , Northern, Manchester

• Neighbours – people, close lives, one street
Task 3
Ideologies within soaps - do
you know what the word
ideologies means?
Ideologies =
a set of rules or beliefs
Move to a computer
and research the following
Summerise in paragraphs:
How are minorities
represented in soaps today? Use
examples from the soaps we
have studied.

What do the names of soaps tell us. Use examples from the soaps we have studied.

How soaps conform/ go against the 4 different ideologies. Use examples from the soaps we have studied.
Extension task!
Research the uses and gratification theory.
How could you apply it to soap operas?
Homework: Watch a sequence
from a soap opera and write
down the dialogue
Lesson 5
Title: Institutions
Lesson Objective: To develop understanding
of institutional techniques used in soaps
What institutions do you know of?
Discuss with a partner
Task 1
Read about how institutions
produce soaps.
Task 2
Analyse the TV schedule online - find out the information about the soaps.

Use www.barb.co.uk
Task 3
Research the uses
and gratifications theory - how is it relevant to soaps?
Watch the soap and
make observations on the following:
Narrative - theorists
Genre Conventions
Character - stereotypes
Lesson 6
Learning Objective:
To develop understanding
of audience techniques
Starter activity
You will notice a 'I.T' mark in your books, this stands for improvement time.

You need to re-write one of the questions, improving your answer from the first time around.
Summerise in paragraphs:
How are minorities
represented in soaps today? Use
examples from the soaps we
have studied.

What do the names of soaps tell us. Use examples from the soaps we have studied.

How soaps conform/ go against the 4 different ideologies. Use examples from the soaps we have studied.
Task 1
Research A-E
social classing
and write the grid neatly in your books.
What class do we think
are being represented in
each soap?
What class do we think are
the audience for each soap?
Why would we want
to watch about other
groups in society?
Research the Uses and Gratifications theory in detail.

There are 4 main categories.
Task 2
Task 3
We are going to watch clips from
3 soaps. Try and find examples for
each of the 4 U+G categories.
Task 4
Summarize your learning. Answer the following
Why do audiences watch soaps? Compare
at least 2 soaps and refer to the uses
and gratifications theory.
You can refer back to our work on the functions of soaps to help you
- escape from everyday problems and routine.
Personal Identity -
finding yourself reflected in texts, learning behaviour and values from texts.
Relationships/Social Interaction
- using the media for emotional and other interaction, eg) substituting soap operas for family life.
- Information which could be useful for living eg) weather reports, financial news.
Lesson 7
Media Language
Learning Objective: To analyse
media language in soaps
What do we mean by
media language?
Write down as many
words as possible
For example: Tracking shot
Starter activity
Task 1
Remind yourself of mise en scene - what does it mean? What are the 5 elements?
Research on a computer
What about camera angles? Are you
confident in identifying them? Test your knowledge in the matching task.
The 5 elements:
1. Settings and props
2. Costume, Hair and Makeup
3. Facial Expressions and Body language
4. Lighting and Colour
5. Positioning of characters/positioning within the frame
Task 2
Task 3
Analyse the soap for
elements of media language.
Task 4
Spend the rest of the lesson producing a presentation. You need to address the following things:
1. History of soaps
2. Main conventions of a soap
3. Comparing Soap Operas
4. The functions and appeal
of Soap Operas
5. Audiences - u+g theory
6. Narrative
7. Characters
8. Representation and ideologies - class system
9. Institutions

10. Media Language
11. Key terminology
You must use examples!
We are nearly there!
Learning objective:
To develop writing skills for the
textual investigation.
How to structure a response

Imagine your question was:

'Investigate how genre conventions are used in [chosen text]'
Write a plan as to how you would tackle this question. Write it in your books.
1. BRIEF introduction to soaps
2. The main conventions of soaps.
Using your notes you need to mindmap how Eastenders follows the conventions.
Remember to always refer back to the question!
500 -850
3. HOW Eastenders conforms to
4. How far does it conform compared to another soap (Hollyoaks)
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