Activity Introduction

cluny-dam-heroQuick summary: Students will analyse a persuasive visual text as practice for the writing component of the NAPLAN* literacy test on the topic ‘Working with Hydro Tasmania’. Students will identify relevant information from a video and revise the features of persuasive visual texts to complete an extended analysis activity.

Activity developed in partnership with  tasmania_hydro_200x84_300pxl

Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.

Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.

Learning goals: This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN*, the national literacy test held in Years 7 and 9. Students identify the features of persuasive visual texts, evaluate them by writing an extended response, and gain valuable literacy skills, revision and practice for the NAPLAN language and writing tasks.      

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

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6.

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).
  • Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts (ACELY1739).
  • Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes, for example to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways (ACELY1740).
  • Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553).

Syllabus Outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A, EN5-8D

Topic: Hydro Tasmania, energy.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.

Resources required: Access to a device on which to screen a short video, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet), device capable of presenting a website to the class.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: Hydro Tasmania, careers, NAPLAN.

* This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators – the ACARA body – but is designed to provide practice for the Australian Curriculum’s compulsory NAPLAN testing scheme.

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


Teacher Worksheet

water-being-slowed-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will identify the features of persuasive visual texts, evaluating them by writing an extended response. Students will gain valuable literacy skills, revision and practice for the NAPLAN language and writing tasks and will develop knowledge about the benefits of working with the Hydro Tasmania corporation.

Teacher background information: Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It gives us light and keeps our food fresh. It powers our industry, fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the most significant is the emission of greenhouse gases. A solution is the transition to clean energy sources. The brilliant thing is that we have huge amounts of free, renewable and clean supplies of natural energies. These include sunlight, wind, running water, oceans and underground hot ro

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What's your dream green job?

Watch the video titled Start your Journey with Hydro Tasmania.


Viewing response questions

After you have watched the program, write full sentences to answer these comprehension questions about your viewing. A sample question has been completed for you to demonstrate the style in which you should write your responses.

Sample question: What is the effect of the onscreen text at the very start of the program?

Sample answer: The onscreen text presents a question designed to engage a viewer’s attention, encouraging them to form a personal response.

Your turn! Complete responses to these questions in your book:

1. The value of freedom is mentioned by Nyssa in the video. What does she specify say freedom involves?

2. Kate states that she learns what in her job?

3. What apprenticeship is Charles undertaking?

4. What do the interviewees believe about the potential for advancement within the company?

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