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The New Zealand Curriculum.

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The study of narrative explores the different ways that media texts can tell a story.

Narrative is strongly linked to the audience and purpose of the text.

Conventions used to tell the story are dependant on the medium.

In film, for example, the condensing of time is important and may be shown through production techniques such as camera fades. However, in a magazine article narrative conventions include production techniques such as layout and writing, and style is very important.

A study of narrative is dependant on an understanding of close reading techniques.

Understanding of narrative is helpful in achievement standards.

Related achievement standard

Level 2
At level 2 students are expected to analyse the use of narrative conventions within a medium. For more information, go to:

Achievement Standard 91249 2.2 – Demonstrate understanding of narrative in media texts