To undertake historical inquiry e510 select and use

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to undertake historical inquiry E5.10 select and use appropriate oral, written and other forms, including ICT, to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences How can we determine whether a film is a good historical source? Film can be a useful way of conveying historical events and epochs to a broad audience. Through drama, film can captivate general audiences in ways that history textbooks and primary sources cannot. Even when based on truth, the key function of films is to engage an audience. The need to create drama and excitement, as well as to tell a story in a limited time period, can lead to the use of ‘artistic licence’, where filmmakers put extra emphasis on some things and ignore others. Filmmakers sometimes impose a bias that influences the way they present information. As historians, it is our job to determine whether particular films are reliable and accurate depictions of the events described or whether too much ‘artistic licence’ has been used. The task For this task you are required to evaluate Rabbit-Proof Fence as a film about the Stolen Generations as a historical source. Assessment criteria You will be marked on your ability to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of the film Rabbit-Proof Fence as a source in teaching about the Stolen Generations 2. Use historically correct terms, concepts and make reference to historically accurate and useful sources 3. Clearly communicate your understanding of the Stolen Generations in a sustained and well-structured response.
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Rabbit-Proof Fence Page 22 Steps to completing task successfully In sequential order, what steps in the process does the student need to complete? 1. Watch the film Rabbit-Proof Fence , taking notes on the content and the style of the film. You should note down what events are depicted in the film, in detail, but you should also be taking notes on how the film has been made. What sort of emotions is the filmmaker trying to evoke through things like music, lighting and the use of sound and colour? 2. Now it is time for you to conduct some corroborating research. You need to research the events depicted in the film, using a range of sources. 3. Using the information you have gathered, write a response that is no longer than 1000 words to the following questions: Assess the value of the film as an historical source for a historian studying the Stolen Generations. In your judgement you should refer to: - The accuracy of the film - The level of audience engagement - The way the film communicates historical perspectives to allow audiences to empathise with characters 4. Complete a full reference bibliography, which must also include annotations for each source. This means you need to write one or two sentences about how you used each historical source, demonstrating an awareness of the strengths and limitations of each. This must be handed in with your film assessment.
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