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Akhepran Making Tribune Headline


 Akhepran International Academy scholars received a rare and unforgettable Media Headline treat on Thursday 26th November when they visited the Tribune Newspaper and Media House for an English Language assignment with the teacher Mr. Allen. Grade 10 scholars were given a very detailed tour of the newspaper facilities and received lessons and demonstrations on the full production process of publishing a daily newspaper. They met reporters, printing technicians and Editors who explained their various roles in helping the team meet their goal of having the newspaper ready for 4am and getting the news to the Bahamian people. The scholars were very intrigued and attentive to the presentations and processes and asked discerning questions to learn just a little more. Mr. Allen celebrated their answers and responses equally well and is assured that there are several budding reporters to come from class of 2018. The highlight of the trip was watching how their class and group photos were uploaded onto the mega screen accompanied with a News Story. They watched and marveled as the Akhepran logo was copied and pasted from the school's website and pasted in full color on the front page of the Tribune. Smiles and amazement filled each scholar and staff to see the ease with which the story was created and most of all to receive a personal copy to share with their families and friends. [Headline Story was only a demonstration...The actual story was published on page 6a of the Tribune]. Great Job and much thanks to the wonderful team at Tribune Media!


Course Outline

Topic: How is or is Pop Culture important to our society?
Duration: 2 weeks

Essential Questions: 

1. What is Pop Culture?
2. What is Media? 
3. How are different forms of media chosen?        

-Define and identify certain terms/words used to make something pop culture
-Explain and define the term pop culture
-Decipher propaganda and pop culture
-Study the meaning of and create a consciousness and awareness of certain issues through:
      - Music      
      - Movies
      - Books       
      - Advertising
      - Television 
      - Radio
      - History, etc..

Scholars should be able to:
-Identify components of various medias
-Identify purpose for components of various medias
-Identify target audience for various medias
-Identify appropriate media selection for a specific purpose
-Identify criteria for media selection

Topic: How is or is Pop Culture important to our society? 
Duration: 2 weeks

Essential Questions: 
1. How does the media influence your identity through pop culture? 
2. How to process media/pop culture once viewed? 
3. What are the principles that govern media/pop culture?

-Observe, study in depth how is media used to transmit pop culture
- Explain what it means to access, analyze, evaluate and create media messages
- Provide examples of situations in which they would use media process skills
- Explain the principles of media
- Identify an example of each media
- Deconstruct a particular medium message based on the principles


Topic: How is or is Pop Culture important to our society? 
Duration: 2 weeks

Essential Question: 
Can you acknowledge areas where pop culture is fused into your everyday lives?       

Observe, study in depth how is media used to transmit pop culture
-Explain the five principles of media
-Deconstruct print and electronic media messages
-Deconstruct nonprint media messages by analyzing various elements used in the messages
-Evaluate effectiveness of nonprint media messages
-Enabling of informed decision-making in regard to media consumption eg in social networking
-The symbiotic relationship (mutual benefits) between pop culture and the mass media
-Decipher between propaganda and pop culture

Scholars should be able to:
-Apply all five media principles to various media
-Deconstruct media messages in ways appropriate to different media
-Provide reasoned explanations for choosing media selections
-Provide thoughtful analysis of media principles as it relates print example 
- Identify different elements in television commercials.

Topic: How is or is Pop Culture important to our society? 
Duration: 2 weeks

Essential Questions: 
1. Does pop culture and the media reflect accurately facts and perspectives of the masses within that culture?    

-Use the works of scientists and scholars and convey a message to the general public
-Connect learning to real life situations
-Decipher between propaganda and pop culture
-Understand that the Media is not neutral and that all media forms are mediated
-Your identity is not limited to what pop culture dictates.

Scholar will be able to:
- Identify appropriate media example. 
- Explain effectiveness of images and language in media example. 
- Describe interaction of media elements.
- Identify examples of teenage appearance and behavior
- Compare television representation of life with his/her situation and friends
- Compare racial/ethnic representations on television with racial/ethnic makeup of his/her community.


Topic: How is or is Pop Culture important to our society? 
Duration: 2 weeks

Essential Question:  
How is pop culture reflected in the Bahamas and the Caribbean?

-Create presentations for different medias building on existing knowledge
-Decipher between propaganda and pop culture
-Recognize influences of other main stream cultures onto lesser powerful cultures, eg. The US influencing the Bahamas.
-How to reflect on existing media knowledge and experiences and its links to current study

Scholar will be able to:
-Identify elements that make a product seem desirable. 
- Compare representations made in the commercial with his/her reality. 
- analyze values represented in the commercial.
- Student identify explicit purpose of ad 
- Student identify implicit purpose of ad 
- Analyze effect of ad on different individuals

Topic: How is or is Pop Culture important to our society? 

Essential Question: Can you identify yourself outside the influences of pop culture?      

-Self awareness, self identity
-Realize falsehoods in pop culture and main stream media
-Expand and develop own ideas
-Create new knowledge through practical film-making in researching media issues 
-Explore different perspectives represented in the media leading to new understandings and forming personal choices   

Scholar will be able to:

-Identify basic facts about a newspaper story. 
- Identify emotional images or language in ads and commentary
- Analyze point of view presented in ads and commentary.
-Provide reasoned explanation for his/her reaction to political messages.
- Identify explicit purpose of ad 
- Identify implicit purpose of ad 

- Analyze effect of ad on different individuals. 


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