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The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Close reading

Close reading is a skill that underpins many areas of a media studies course.

When you are close reading a media text, you break down key parts of the text and analyse them. You study carefully and thoughtfully the ways different elements are used to create meaning.

In order to close read a text, you need to understand the media language used.

Film terminology helps you explain how the extract has been constructed and the meaning that has been created.

Related achievement standards

In an NCEA course students will use close reading skills across a range of standards.

Level 2
Achievement standard 91249 2.2 Demonstrate understanding of narrative in media texts

Level 3
Achievement Standard 91419 3.2 Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of a media text through different readings