Activity Introduction

dumbo feather 9Quick summary: Students are given the opportunity to further investigate the qualities of a hero and embrace multimodal ways of translating their findings into visual snapshots they can submit into New Conversations Storytelling Competition. This lesson is developed to build students awareness of the visual styles and features of a comic-strip/cartoon so they can reflect their personal viewpoints of the qualities of a hero.

Dumbo Lord MayorTeachers can use these resources to teach literacy skills with the outcome being to enter the New Conversations Storytelling Competition. This competition is open to Australian students in Year 9 & 10. It encourages them to conduct conversations with people they find extraordinary and invites students to share their story and celebrate their heroic qualities through their submission. The competition aims to connect students to the power of storytelling, develop their communication skills and be reminded of the emotional value of face-to-face conversation.

Learning goals: 

  • For students to celebrate chosen qualities of a hero through multimodal platforms. 
  • For students to engage in the process of creating texts that incorporate both visual and verbal models of communication in order to share their point of view and engage with complex issues.
  • For students to plan and construct a text that can be submitted into New Conversations Storytelling Competition

Australian Curriculum content description:

English Year 9:

  • Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other texts.
  • 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)

English Year 10: 

  • Create literary texts with a sustained ‘voice’, selecting and adapting appropriate text structures, literary devices, language, auditory and visual structures and features for a specific purpose and intended audience (ACELT1815)
  • 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)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776)

Syllabus OutcomesEN5-1A, EN5-2A, EN5-3B

Time required: 60 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Depending on the teacher’s level of proficiency with IT and whether they wish to embrace it within their classroom, this will vary from class to class. However, this lesson can be taught without students having access to technology. 

Resources requiredQualities of a Hero Student Worksheet, Internet access, interactive students worksheets, cameras (digital, tablet or phone), selection of comic materials, (comic books, graphic novels newspapers etc.)

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities and TedTalks.

Keywords: Photography, hero’s qualities, storytelling, values.

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


Teacher Worksheet


Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: For students to reflect on and examine the qualities of a hero and to experiment with both visual and verbal techniques allowing them to present a snapshot of their point of view. For students to develop a greater awareness of the visual conventions embraced by artists in order to convey a message. Students then embrace multimodal ways of translating their findings into visual snapshots they can submit into New Conversations Storytelling Competition

Background information: 

Dumbo Feather: A glimpse behind the scenes 

Dumbo Feather is not your average magazine, we are a print and online publication with an active and engaged community inspired to create social impact. Each quarter our print publication features long-form conversations with five extraordinary people. It is an engaging read that begs you to sit down and spend a couple hours soaking it in.

We scour the globe to introduce you to people we believe are extraordinary,

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Does everyone have the potential to be a hero? 

Natalie Warne, a self titled, "anonymous extraordinary" embraced her personal heroic qualities in order to combat an issue she felt passionate about. Motivated by a burning desire to combat adversity and progress social justice, she fought hard to change something about her world that she was not happy with. 

Now it's time for you to create another type of anonymous extraordinary.

First, identify an issue that is pertinent to you.

What can be done to combat this issue?

OK - now its time to introduce your hero...

What are the qualities that an "anonymous extraordinary" needs to combat the issue you have identified above. For Natalie Wood, she embraced perseverance, determination, hard work, commitment, focus and unyielding belief in order help a Bill get passed in America's senate. 

What is the name of your hero? (It could be yourself, someone you know, someone you have read about or a fictitious character.)

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