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3.9 Close Viewing - The Puppeteer

3.9 Close Viewing - The Puppeteer


See a video flipbook of this resource here.


This resource guides students through the Level 3 Achievement Standard 3.9 (AS91480) Respond critically to significant aspects of visual and/or oral text(s) through close reading, supported by evidence.


For this task, students are encouraged to view the director as a puppeteer who manipulates the audience using the tools available to them in order to fulfil a personal agenda (so to speak).  The booklet mostly focuses on:

  • Having students understand what auteur theory is.
  • Getting students to understand how to complete this standard – the requirements and getting to grips with the ‘lingo’.
  • Annotating examples of student work (as well as looking at the NZQA exemplars of course).
  • Planning out how they will go about investigating their director – thinking about a connecting factor, 2-4 “significant aspects” (which I like to call “tactics”) and deciding which texts and/or scenes they’ll focus on to provide evidence.


Note well: Students are provided with a link to a preformatted Google Sheet to help them plan and structure their final product.


This product includes:

  • The student information/work booklet.
  • A PDF with a link on it to take you to the Google Sheet for planning and structuring students’ work.  (This link is provided for students within their workbook also.)
  • Answers to a quick Q and A about auteur theory.


This resource comes in Microsoft PowerPoint (resized as A4 pages).  This means you can:

  • Edit / Tweak it to suit your / your students' needs.
  • Upload to Google if you prefer ‘Slides’ over PowerPoint.
  • Share with students digitally so that they can work on them online.  (Note that for EL standards, students must work in hard copy because, other than dictionaries, they must not use any digital devices.)
  • Print as hard copy work booklets. 
  • Sharing/Copying this Resource

    Yes!  You CAN share this with other teachers in your department and use it with as many students as you like (in your school at the time of purchase).  You canNOT share it with your mate in the school down the road.  It's editable, and you can share it in your department - what more could you want?  ;)

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