Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students investigate four resources (water, energy, waste and materials) essential to house design, exploring the arguments for and against incorporating each resource into sustainable buildings and creating a podcast to share their thoughts. In the second part of the activity, students imagine that they are living in a future where all buildings and communities incorporate green technologies and practices. They will need to re-imagine the four resources they investigated earlier and are asked to write a short story based on a character living in this future time amongst these re-imagined resources.
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This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme “Re-imagining Resources”.
- Students understand principles of sustainability and sustainable house design.
- Students recognise how we use resources in our houses.
- Students understand that there are more ways to use resources than we currently do.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 9 English
- Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other texts, for example by using parody, allusion and appropriation (ACELT1773).
- Experiment with the ways that language features, image and sound can be adapted in literary texts, for example the effects of stereotypical characters and settings, the playfulness of humour and pun and the use of hyperlink (ACELT1638).
- 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).
Year 10 English
- Create literary texts that reflect an emerging sense of personal style and evaluate the effectiveness of these texts (ACELT1814).
- 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 imaginative texts that make relevant thematic and intertextual connections with other texts (ACELT1644).
- 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).
Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Time required: 2 x 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Mirvac, resources, waste, water, energy, materials, sustainable building.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.