Year 12 English Investigation of the way people get, show, use and lose power in Society.

Choose at least 3 of the following activities.
  • Create a category chart of the different kinds of power. Illustrate the chart with the names and details of real people the rest of the class will know. Your research for each person should include brief biographical data, a brief description of how their power manifested in their life (or after?) and your opinion as to whether you aspire to be the same kind of person.
  • Create a mind-map of the different kinds of power. On each branch, map the attributes of power and the names of some people who exemplify that power.
  • Think about the way the camera shows powerful people. Create a collage of one kind of power using images you find in magazines or download from the web. Read something about image analysis. (Ask Mrs Philp if you can’t find anything.) Write an analysis of the way the camera presents powerful people, paying particular attention to the technical aspects of framing, camera angles, shot length and also to the use of symbolic codes (such as body language, stance, colour and clothing.)
  • Find examples of the way people talk when they are powerful. Write a transcript of a conversation between people who are unequal in power.
  • Find examples of the way that people can use language to gain or keep power. Read or listen to speeches made by powerful people. Practise and perform a segment for the class.
  • Write a character description of the most powerful character in a novel you have read. Create a power relationships diagram for that character.
  • Write a character description of the most powerful character in a film you have watched. Create a power relationships diagram for that character.
  • Identify the powerful qualities of an historical or contemporary person you have investigated. Explain how those powerful qualities were visible in the person’s life. Maybe create a power relationships diagram for that character that explores who and what were the effects of their power. Write at least three paragraphs:
Consciously practise different kinds of sentences for this writing. Refer to pages 82 – 86 of Gateways (the green text book)

· Write one paragraph that describes the power the person had - maybe how they got it, used it and lost it?
· Write the second paragraph about your assessment of the person’s power. Did they use it for good or bad? For the benefit of many or a few?
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Write a third paragraph about your personal opinions of the way the person gained, used or held power. Explain why you do or do not aspire to wield the same kind of power in your life.