Quick summary: Students are introduced to the topic of energy by analysing research articles and creating a Wordle cloud. Wordle is a free word art tool that crunches any chunk of text and produces a visual representation of the content. The resulting word could emphasise the most common words by amplifying their size based on frequency. Students will increase their knowledge of subject-specific vocabulary and use this knowledge to create an energy limerick.
Year Level: 8
Time needed: 45 minutes
Learning goals for this activity include: Students develop an understand of energy and the issues that result from our high energy-demanding life styles. They analyse a news articles to increase their knowledge of vocabulary and language features to build an understanding of the content.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium
Resources needed: Internet, Wordle website, Cool Australia Student Toolbox.
Digital Technology: Students use Wordle to create a word cloud.
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Prior learning: Students should have a basic understanding of the definition of energy, sources of energy and issues of energy use.
Extension opportunities: Students can keep their word cloud to reflect upon at the conclusion of the lesson.
Key words: Energy, renewable, non-renewable, fossil fuels, power, watts, nuclear, geothermal, solar, oil, petrol and coal.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 7 English:
- Understand and explain how the text structures and language features of texts become more complex in informative and persuasive texts and identify underlying structures such as taxonomies, cause and effect, and extended metaphors (ACELA1531)
- Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition(ACELT1625)
Year 7 Science:
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
Year 8 English:
- Analyse how thetext structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication (ACELA1543)
- Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632)
Year 8 Science:
- Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world (ACSHE134)
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.