Semester Project & Exam Presentation
About the presentation:
You have learned a lot this
semester about media and influences of media. Media is pervasive. It is aimed at
all of us, even newborns (through their parents). We know that each media
message is created by someone with a purpose. It is important to be literate,
critical consumers of all types of media. This project gives you a chance
to synthesize what you have learned over the semester and show what you know.
Each project will be individual, based on a student's choices. Your exam is a
presentation of a project that you create.
Create your project
elements from the boxes below.
Choose a media focus as
The sub-topics are only suggestions; you are NOT limited to these.
Review your handouts from earlier this year to remind you about topics
in media for more ideas.
- kids and media
- advertising and kids
- violence and children
- marketing through movies
- values aimed at teens
- gender and media
- gender roles
- body image
- fair representation
- diversity and media
- race, disability, socioeconomic
- fair representation
- hate crimes
- news bias/fairness
- omission (what we're not told)
- partisan coverage
- First Amendment issues
Choose a media genre to
(Cite this/these in your works cited also).
- documentary film
- television series (comedy/drama;
four or more episodes)
- news program (four or more episodes)
- talk show (four or more episodes)
- magazine (four or more issues)
- video game
- CD (not just one song)
- other: present your idea to your
You need at least three sources
from the list to the right:
- newspaper article
- magazine article
- personal interview with expert
- television or radio transcript
- web site (only credible sites)
- NO encyclopedia sources allowed
You will be citing your sources using
MLA style. Keep a good record of what you use. See your Falcon Skills
and Style Handbook.
This is to be turned in before the
presentation. See your teacher for a due date.
elements go in this order in the binder and are linked logically in
your web site:
- Table of Contents
- Prologue: Give an overview of your project. Set up what your
reader will see. (minimum 150 words)
- Research section: This is where you write your analysis of your
study. This section should be 5-7 pages
in length and should reflect your serious study of an important
media issue. See more details below for this part.
- Epilogue: This is your personal reflection about what you have
learned. This part should be written in first person. (minimum 300
- Works Cited page (See FSSH for format)
- If you choose a binder, everything must be typed and double
- If you choose a web site, double spacing is not preferred. Use
only web safe fonts and a color scheme that does not interfere with
More about the Research
- Name your media focus and the
specific aspect you are studying and why it is important (one
- State the title of the particular
media genre you studied, where you saw/read it, and give a summary
of its content. For example, The Oprah Winfrey show is on ___
network each day ____ . Topics on the show include _______.
- Write your thesis paragraph next.
This is the paragraph in which you pull your media focus and your
media genre together. How are they linked? What are you trying to
show? For example, The Oprah Winfrey show creates an environment in
which women, especially women of color, are valued. She also attempts
to teach important life values such as ___, ___, and ____. (one
- The next section is where you
develop your thesis. This is where you weave in your source
material. (Check your research paper from last year for a reminder.
You can also refer to the
FSSH). This section will be approximately 3-5 pages. Rely on a
good outline to help you organize your ideas in a logical way.
- Clips, pictures, drawings, charts,
graphs, or other visual examples. that help you develop your ideas
should be added. Leave room in text when you type (for binder);
hyperlink to them on your web page. Your visuals should not exceed two
- There should be a concluding
paragraph for this section.