Quick summary: Students will complete a NAPLAN-style test practice paper. Students will complete a reading task to learn more about how Hydro Tasmania produces electricity from wind.
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 a reading text and a visual text with comprehension and language activities 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 description:
Year 7 English
- Understand the way language evolves to reflect a changing world, particularly in response to the use of new technology for presenting texts and communicating (ACELA1528).
- Understand that the coherence of more complex texts relies on devices that signal text structure and guide readers, for example overviews, initial and concluding paragraphs and topic sentences, indexes or site maps or breadcrumb trails for online texts (ACELA1763).
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723).
Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-2A, EN4-3B.
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.
Resources required: Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet). If students are using a printed copy of the worksheet they will need a 2B pencil to complete the worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Electricity, wind power, Hydro Tasmania, energy.
* 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.