Activity Introduction

meadowbank-powerstation-heroQuick summary: Students will complete a NAPLAN-style test practice paper. The topic of the text set for study is Hydro Tasmania’s Sustainability Code. Students will identify the key facts in the article about Hydro Tasmania’s operations and infer meaning from their reading to answer analysis questions and complete activities that test their skills in using language conventions.

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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. It features reading and visual texts with comprehension and language questions that require students to find facts, interpret meaning and apply text-processing strategies.

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

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7, OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 English

  • Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553).
  • Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (ACELA1561).
  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742).

Syllabus OutcomesEN5-1A, EN5-2A.

Topic: NAPLAN Preparation, Hydro Tasmania, Energy.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.

Resources required: One double-sided printed copy of the NAPLAN-style Practice Test for each student, one double-sided printed copy of Hydro Tasmania Sustainability Code 2013 for each student.

Digital technology opportunities: None.

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

Keywords: NAPLAN preparation, renewable energy, energy resources, water, hydroelectricity, Hydro Tasmania. 

* 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

cluny-dam-heroTeacher preparation

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 rocks.

According to the Clean Energy Australia Report 2013:

  • 14.76% of Australia's electricity came from renewable sources in 2013: enough to power the equivalent of almost 5 million homes.
  • Wind turbines provided enough energy to power 1.3 million homes.
  • 3.1 million Australians lived or worked at a property with solar panels at the end of 2013.

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