Activity Introduction

 

In this lesson, students will examine a persuasive text structure and apply it to the empowerment of women and girls. First, students will brainstorm problems that women and girls currently face and potential solutions to these problems. Then, students will be introduced to Monroe’s Motivational Sequence.

 

Students will describe how a video utilises this sequence and explain the impacts. Then students will create their own texts, utilising this structure, about the empowerment of women and girls.

 

Learning Intentions

  • Students understand some of the challenges that women and girls currently face
  • Students understand and apply the five stages of Monroe’s Motivational Sequence
  • Students understand how a text’s structure and features impact an audience
  • Students create their own persuasive text incorporating ideas from research

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Learning Through Film, Climate Change, Sustainability, Social Issues.
  • Unit of work: 2040 – English – Years 7 to 10
  • Time required: 120 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate learning and analysis tasks.
  • Keywords: 2040, documentary, film, women, girls, empowerment, persuasive writing, text analysis, climate change, sustainability, gender equality.

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.

To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.

Resources Required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class.
  • Devices for research for students or student groups.

Accessing the Film

2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW!  Director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. 

In Australia: Order the Schools Version of the 2040 DVD. The Schools Version includes an educational license and is for Australian primary and secondary schools that wish to utilise the film as a learning tool or host free on-site screenings for the school community.

In New Zealand: Find out how to see the film here. 2040 is currently only available in NZ cinemas and you can make a group booking for your class at your local cinema. The Schools Version of the DVD and BluRay will be released in New Zealand on 7th November 2019. This version includes an educational licence that covers classroom use and on-site screenings for the school community. To pre-order a copy for your school, please email: [email protected].

 

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

Cool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand some of the challenges that women and girls currently face
  • ... understand the five stages of Monroe’s Motivational Sequence

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... describe how a text’s structure and features impact an audience
  • ... apply Monroe’s Motivational Sequence to a text to explore how it fits and deviates from the structure
  • ... create their own persuasive text incorporating ideas from research and utilising the learnt structure

Teacher content information: A 2018 study by The University of Melbourne on the thoughts and concerns of young people from Generations X and Y found the number one concern across both groups was lack of action around climate change. In particular, "Generation X worries what climate change will mean for their own children, while Generation Y is concerned about the impact on future generations" (The Educator). The report indicates that young people have a serious

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Do girls and women in Australia have challenges getting access to education and family planning support?

Generating Challenges and Solutions

Lack of access to education and family planning are two challenges that girls and women around the world currently face.

Working in groups, you need to focus on either education or family planning, and consider the reasons why girls or women may lack access to these rights, both in Australia and around the world. You should consider social, economic, political, medical and religious reasons. Discuss your ideas in your groups and record your responses in your own words in the table below:

Reason Solution
Lack of access to school due to menstruation e.g. Toilets and sanitary products provided

Extend yourself: Put a star next to the challenges you believe are only found in developing countries.

Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

Many persuasive texts follow a sequence known as Monroe’s Motiv

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