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Uploaded a file called Methods in Context Education

This is a task which attempts to tackle the struggle that some students have with making sure they include context and issue in the MiC 20 mark question, rather than just writing about the strengths and limitations of the method (which is a very common problem). I devised it as when I use the AQA post-exam analysis tool, this is where my students were performing least well. It link to an old question paper which can be found via the AQA site. The only difference now is that you are no longer given a choice of 2 methods, however that is an advantage here as it means that as a group you can split the task in half and cover 2 different approaches. What I do is in pairs or 3's I give them a large sheet of paper (A3 or bigger) and get them to write an introduction, then paragraphs that force them to use the key terms linked to the method with the key terms linked to the issue and/or context, TICKING EACH KEY WORD OFF THE SHEET as they go along. By the end of the lesson, the best essay is displayed on the wall and is a composite of the best introduction, best paragraphs linking issue and context and best conclusion. The students as a group have created the perfect response, it is also present for all to see and they have all absorbed how to begin and end the question as well as the vital skill of hitting the top end of the mark scheme. They have also taken on board that some key terms will be required whatever the question is but that planning around the actual issue and context before they start writing is also vital. Any questions, just ask. It works well!



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Commented on Families and Households Exam Practice Booklet

A booklet which contains every question ever asked on new spec A Level Paper 2,  Families and Households, plus specimen questions and questions from various textbooks, tips on exam technique and writing frames for both kinds of 10 markers and 20 mark essays.You can give this to students for their own personal revision and exam practice, or use it throughout the year to help students with exam technique.I have also uploaded a Beliefs in Society version of this booklet You can simply add to this after each exam series.Enjoy!



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Commented on AS/A-Level Sociology Family and Households Revision Cards (AQA New Spec)



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Commented on AS/A-Level Media revision pack

A revision pack for Media (new spec)- contains all the theories, key concepts, sociologists and criticisms for the topic. Students complete themselves as a revision activity, then they can use it to revise closer to the exam. Good for condensing down notes into something succinct and less intimidating!



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Commented on Pluralism Ownership and Control

Lesson pptFor AQA New SpecMay have adapted from resources on here - thank you for sharing!



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Liked Media and Globalisation

Media globalisation not including cultural imperialist argument or Criticisms of postmodernism arguments (set for homework).



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Commented on Mass Media Essay Plans

A word document containing essay plans for most of the topics for the Mass Media unit of A Level Sociology. Please let me know what you think. 



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Uploaded a file called A practical/fun introduction to sociological theory

This is still a work in progress so feedback and ideas welcome. I split the group into four tables - workers, consumers, owners and shareholders. The workers are ideally a table of just females but it can still work if this is not possible. The owners and shareholders predominantly male. The consumers (Functionalists) are given some pretend currency with which to buy the produce from the workers (Marxists/Feminists) (the workers have to sort the smarties or skittles into colour groups before they can sell them). The owners (New Right) come and collect the profits from the workers and then have to choose how much to pay them, how much to keep and what dividend to pay to the shareholders. The shareholders (can use a number of perspectives here - NR, Interactionist or Postmodern) are tasked with keeping the workers busy and streamlining production through targets and sacking workers. It works on the basis of a lot of direction from the teacher and 'freezing' the game where necessary. I will upload further resources as I develop them or feel free to add!.



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Commented on Recreating Newspaper task- Selection and Presentation of news

This is a consilidation lesson after students have studied the sociological theory on the selction and presentation of the news. It fits well with Haralambos 8th edition as well as Chris Livesey Cambridge international AS and A Level text book. It is my first time of trying after I had a success with the same group with recreating Social Policy task last year.



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Commented on Personal Life

My first attempt at something on personal life - work in progress