Quick summary: Teachers can use this lesson to introduce Earth Hour to their students and promote participation in their Earth Hour Action. Students will watch a short video, participate in discussion and complete worksheet activities. This lesson helps teachers draw attention to the issues of climate change affecting the places we love in Australia. It meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subject of English.
In 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 earthhour.org.au 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.
- Students understand the aims of Earth Hour.
- Students determine ways in which they can get involved with the Earth Hour movement.
- Students consider steps they could take to raise awareness about climate change in their community.
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.6.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 English:
- Discuss aspects of texts, for example their aesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage (ACELT1803)
- Understand, interpret and discuss how language is compressed to produce a dramatic effect in film or drama, and to create layers of meaning in poetry, for example haiku, tankas, couplets, free verse and verse novels (ACELT1623)
- Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1722)
Year 8 English:
- Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts (ACELT1807)
- Analyse how the text structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication (ACELA1543)
- Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-1A, EN4-2A, EN4-5C, EN4-8D.
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future.
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