Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Using any of The Arts, small groups of students develop a small communication project that explains how they will adapt to their energy future.

Learning goals for this activity include:

  • Use one aspect of The Arts to communicate something of significance about their energy future. 
  • The future will require people to adapt to new circumstances. 
  • Enough is known about the future for individuals to make adaptation choices now. 
  • Communicate effectively with others.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content description: 

Year 9 English

  • 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)

Year 10 English

  • 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)

Syllabus Outcomes: EN5-1A

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 9 and 10

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 60 mins

Learning areas addressed: The Arts, English, Geography, Science.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Ask students to justify their choice from which aspect of The Arts they wish to use.

Resources required: Writing and art materials, computers etc.

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


Throughout history people have had to constantly adapt to new situations. As students become adults their most likely first adaptation will be taking into account higher petrol prices. By the time students are 40 years old, the way energy is produced, used and paid for will be very different.


Small groups of students will create a communication piece using any aspect of The Arts. However, their piece must be completed within the agreed time.

Examples of themes

1. Explain what the energy future will be like.
2. Describe how students feel about their energy future.
3. Confirm what the students will do to create a better energy future.
4. Enlighten people as to how they can adapt to our energy future.

Example of using The Arts

•    Develop a short drama about a senior manager at a meeting with his junior manager working out how changes are going to occur to reduce energy in the work place.
•    Develop a piece of art that shows a ca

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