|In the 90s, spooky novels have become increasingly popular with young teen readers. What are the features and characteristics which define these teen horror novels? In this program Brad and Sonya set out to answer this question while being swept up in their own spooky story. Students will learn about the linguistic structures and features of this type of popular culture including the narrative structure and devices to create tension, mood, setting and the unexpected twists so vital to the progression of the plot.
The Text Files is a ten part series developed as a resource for upper primary/lower secondary English classes. The programs explore a range of text types including examples of spoken, written and visual texts and will assist teachers in the process of text selection and use in English classrooms. The focus of this exploration is a study of the linguistic structures and features of a variety of text types. Programs will both highlight the unique characteristics of particular texts and draw comparisons between certain features shared across a range of text types and genres.
In introducing students to the basic features of literary forms the programs will assist students to develop knowledge, skills and strategies to engage with and use the range of texts as described in Band B of A statement on English for Australian schools. The programs encourage students to apply their knowledge of how texts work to become critical users and creators of a range of texts appropriate to the purpose and audience.
The Text Files is based on a combination of segments including interview grabs, presenter pieces to camera, presenter 'skits', computer graphics and extracts from the texts. The audience is led through each episode by teenagers Sonya and Brad who explore the key linguistic structures and features of each text, by talking to the 'text makers' and experimenting with the text.
* Identifies and uses the linguistic structures and features characteristic of a range of text types to construct meaning;
* With teacher guidance, identifies and discusses how linguistic structures and features work to shape readers' and viewers' understanding of texts;
* Draws on knowledge of linguistic structures and features to explain how texts are constructed; and
* Assists and monitors the communication patterns of self and other.