Quick summary: In this activity students work in groups to analyse media stories and stories from scientific agencies about Great White Sharks. The aim is to see if the media portrays scientific research on sharks in a particular way that differs from the message provided by the scientific agencies. They present the results of their analysis for discussion and comparison.
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- Students understand that the media uses a range of strategies and techniques to portray Great White Sharks, and can recognise some of these strategies and techniques.
- Students understand some of the science behind Great White Shark research.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.5.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 9 English
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (ACELY1744)
- Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (ACELY1745)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate discussion around the comparison between newspaper articles and facts.
Resources required: Internet access, library access (optional) student worksheet, lists of scientific sites and newspaper articles (see students worksheet).
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Sharks, media, science, news.
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