Activity Introduction

wwf-ski-fields-photoframeQuick summary: Through a visual storytelling exercise, students explore the future they would like to see. Students begin by responding to different images of the future, clarifying these responses in descriptive terms. They are then asked to explore the Choose Your Climate Future website to understand the impacts that climate change might have on Australia. Based upon this knowledge they create their own vision of the future, creating a visual diary of someone living in the future.

earth-hour-160x160In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8:30-9:30pm.


Essential questions:

  • How are we affected by our environment?
  • How do environmental and human processes affect places and environments?
  • What are the consequences of changes to places and environments and how can these changes be managed?
  • What is climate change and how will it affect our future?
  • How can we affect our future? 

21st century skills:

skills CF 5678

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 English

  • Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using rhythm, sound effects, monologue, layout, navigation and colour (ACELT1805)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8 English

  • Experiment with particular language features drawn from different types of texts, including combinations of language and visual choices to create new texts (ACELT1768)
  • Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability – O.I.7, O.I.9.

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences, and demonstrate how language features and images can be combined for effect. When creating and editing texts they demonstrate understanding of grammar, use a variety of more specialised vocabulary and accurate spelling and punctuation.

Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response. They create and edit texts to create specific effects, they take into account intended purposes and the needs and interests of audiences. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation.

Topic: Earth Hour, Climate change.

Unit of work: Earth Hour.

Time required: 60 mins +

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low- oversee activity, facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Diary writing tips, The Future – Discussion questions. Extension – Facebook this.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Climate change, future, Australia, visual storytelling, diary.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

wwf-reef-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand the language and conventions of creative diary writing, including using past tense and first person verbs. Students recognise some of the key issues relating to climate change, and can identify how climate change may affect Australia in the future.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative which has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is shining the spotlight on the impact of climate change on the Places We Love. One of the things that makes Australia so

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where will you be in the future?

Part A - A glimpse into the future

Take a look at the following images and answer the questions below:

futuristic1 futuristic2

Image 1.

Image 2.

futuristic3 futuristic4

Image 3.

Image 4.

Image 1

Write a question the image brings to mind (e.g. “What has changed in the world to make the sky that colour?”).

Make a guess as to what type of future the creator of this image imagined (e.g. “The person who created this image imagines a bleak future”).

Image 2

Write a detailed observation about the image (e.g. “There are no signs of nature in this image”).

Write a caption for this image (e.g. "The aliens have landed!").

Image 3

Write a question the image brings to mind (e.g. “What has changed in the world to make the sky that colour?”).

Write a caption for this image (e.g. "The aliens have landed!").

Image 4

Write a detailed observation a

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