Activity Introduction

festival-biodiversity-heroQuick summary: In this activity students learn about sustainability while building literacy by writing a persuasive text about greening public events and festivals. Students explore the concept of sustainability and write a letter to persuade the organisers of the Fun4Kids Festival to implement sustainable initiatives.

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This year Cool Australia has partnered with the Fun4Kids Festival to run a creative writing challenge. Teachers can enter their student into the writing challenge competition for the chance to win $1000 in cash prizes. This curriculum pack contains everything teachers need to run the competition in their class. Find out more here.

This activity is a great way to prepare students for NAPLAN writing tasks. 

Learning goals for this activity include:

  • Students will plan and write a persuasive text.
  • Students engage in authentic learning with real life application.
  • Students build literacy, critical and creative thinking and ethical understanding.
  • Students connect classroom learning to a fun community event. 

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 English: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)

Year 4 English: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)

Year 5 English: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)

Year 6 English: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Year 7 English: 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: Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Year 9 English: 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)

Year 10 English: Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)

Syllabus OutcomesEN2-2A, EN3-2A, EN4-4B, EN5-1A

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

Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability 

Lesson duration: 45 minutes.

Teacher input: Assist students with persuasive writing task. 

Resources needed: Fun4kids – Stimulus Page, writing materials, computer access for digital worksheets (if used), Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric Sheet.

Digital Learning opportunities: Teachers can share this lesson as a digital worksheet and get students to submit their letter to their Cool Australia personal dashboard for assessment. 

Homework / extension opportunities: Students might like discussing their topics with their families at home; this would bring new ideas regarding the topic into the discussion.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Fun4Kids heroTeacher preparation

Festivals are fun - we go to meet friends, get a show-bag and eat hotdogs. Rarely do we consider the demand our attendance makes on our environment. Yet like all human activities, festivals require resources such as water, energy, land, equipment, food and other materials. 

It is not hard to imagine that during the set-up, operational and post-event phases of a festival, environmental impacts will occur. Some of these impacts include CO2 emissions from transport and power usage, waste generation, consumption of non-renewable resources and possible damage to the site itself.

Sustainable Efforts

Some festivals are making a conscious effort to reduce their environmental impact while still ensuring everyone has a great time. Not only are they reducing the pressure on our environment, but they are also helping to educate a more environmentally aware audience.

The Fun4Kids Festival is taking on the sustainability challenge. The organisers are looking for green ideas

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Student Worksheet

Today you will be writing a letter to the Warrnambool City Council convincing them that the Fun4Kids Festival should be environmentally friendly. Your job is to convince them to implement specific sustainability initiatives. 

First, we will spend some time talking about the task. Then you will have about five minutes to plan before you begin to write your letter. You will have 25 minutes to write your letter and then five more minutes to proofread and edit your work.

Fun4kids Stimulus Sm

Brain Storming:

It is now time to decide what ideas you will write about, and then make some planning notes on a separate planning page to organise your ideas. Use the following sentence stems to help you organise your thoughts: What I know, What I think, What I feel...

Writing:

Dear Warrnambool City Council,

 

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