Critically compare a range of primary and secondary sources.
Starter – 10 mins
Do you think newspapers are fair and objective in their reporting?
Discuss this question in pairs and prepare reasons for your opinions.
Activity 1 – 20 mins
Read the article from the Daily Mirror ‘War on the Streets’, September 11, 1985. (5 mins)
Discuss the following:
- What do you think the article is about?
- From whose perspective was it written?
- How do you think the story might change if it was told from another person’s perspective?
Share your reasons with the other groups/pairs. (5 mins)
Activity 2 – 60 mins
What kind of art do you think the Black Audio Film Collective might produce? (5 mins)
Explain: Who the Black Audio Film Collective is; where the Collective was formed and when.
Share: the handout about the Black Audio Film Collective. (10 mins)
Play: the 10-min film clip of their work, Handsworth Songs.
Discuss in pairs what was happening in the film clip. (5 mins)
How was the film made? (5 mins)
What is the tone of the film, in terms of music used, colours and words? (5 mins)
Read the article and two letters by Salman Rushdie, Stuart Hall, and Darcus Howe. Do you agree/disagree with the articles? Explain why. (20 mins)
Break – 15 mins
Activity 3 – 60 mins
Where would you find material to make a film like Handsworth Songs?
Where would you find other viewpoints on the issues raised in the film? (20 mins)
Continue to look at the different viewpoints and read the questions on the Black Audio Film Collective Perspective grid. (Later, this grid will help you to write a review of the Black Audio Film Collective.) (20 mins)
Explain: that the grid will be used to complete homework. Students should begin to complete the grid with their answers. (20 mins)
Use the grid to plan a 600-word review of the work of the Black Audio Film Collective’s film Handsworth Songs. (20 mins)
Structure your work to include:
- an introductory paragraph;
- a main paragraph;
- a closing paragraph.
Plenary – 10 mins
What have you learned about how to construct a short piece of writing?
Create a list of the main features necessary in a review.
Write a 600-word article about the film Handsworth Songs.
- Internet access
- TV Monitor/Screen
- Article: ‘War on the Streets’, Daily Mirror, 1985
- Black Audio Film Collective information sheet
- Handsworth Songs film clip
- Article and two letters: Salman Rushdie, Stuart Hall, and Darcus Howe
- Black Audio Film Collective Perspective grid