Activity Introduction

greate-barrier-reefQuick summary: The class participates in a mock conference on whaling. Groups of students research a position on whaling and take their position to the negotiating table where delegates from around the world present their opinions and discuss and negotiate the future of whaling.

Earth Hour LogoFollowing this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Earth Hour. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

 

 

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that whaling is an emotive and complex issue with historical and cultural precedents.
  • Students recognise that there is no one size fits all solution for whaling and that negotiations around this topic are complicated.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Intercultural understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.4, OI.5.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 9 English

  • Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (ACELY1741)
  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)

Year 10 English

  • Use organisation patterns, voice and language conventions to present a point of view on a subject, speaking clearly, coherently and with effect, using logic, imagery and rhetorical devices to engage audiences (ACELY1813)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)

Year 10 Geography

  • The environmental worldviews of people and their implications for environmental management (ACHGK071)
  • The application of environmental economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change (ACHGK075)

Syllabus OutcomesGE5-4, GE5-5EN5-2A, EN5-3B

Topic: Biodiversity

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low to medium – oversee activity, act as chairperson for conference (optional – can nominate student chairperson/people instead)

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension or homework.

Keywords: Whaling, international, conference.

 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

water-hero22-260x300Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students understand that whaling is an emotive and complex issue with historical and cultural precedents. They also recognise that there is no one size fits all solution for whaling and that negotiations around this topic are complicated.

Teacher content information: Different countries and organisations have different perspectives on whaling. Some are for and some are against whaling, and the reasons they are for and against whaling vary. This is why whaling is such a controversial issue around the world. However, without knowing different perspectives and the reasons behind those perspectives, we cannot judge what is right or what is wrong.

Hot tips: Delegates at your conference should be seated in a circle so that all delegates can see other delegates when they speak. Arranging the room can be done by students once they have finished their research or can be done by the teacher while students complete the research component of this

...
 
- or - to view worksheets

Student Worksheet

Thought starter - How do we know what happens in international waters?

Our position

Which group do we represent?

What is our position on whaling? Are we for or against it?

What is the historical/cultural basis for this position?

What do we want to achieve through this conference? Why?

 

Reflection

Reflecting on the issues raised in the conference answer the following questions:

1. Did you agree or disagree with your assigned position? Why or why not?

 

2. Did you change you mind about your position after listening to the positions presented at the conference table? Why or why not?

 

3. How did you feel about the outcome that was reached? Did you get the outcome that you hoped for? Why or why not?

 

4. Do you think the negotiation process was positive and fair? Why or why not?

 

5. How would you change the negotiations in the future to ensure a smoother process?

 

6. Why do you think whaling is such a difficult and contentious issue for countries to negotiate

...
 
- or - to view worksheets

Leave your Feedback

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you like or don't like about this activity:

Sorry. You must be logged in to view this form.