In this lesson, students will be immersed in, and connect with, the documentary film 2040, focusing on how persuasion is an important aspect of starting a movement or action towards something new. To get others to join a new cause, they first need to be persuaded.
This lesson explores some of the ways in which the documentary aims to persuade audiences to bring about action, and students are invited to use their own persuasive techniques to encourage their peers to do the same.
- Students understand how persuasive writing is used to encourage action
- Students understand why different techniques are used to persuade audiences
- Students can create works with the intention of persuading intended audiences
- Topic: Learning Through Film, Creative Thinking, Sustainability, Persuasive Writing.
- Unit of work: 2040 – English – Years 7 to 10
- Time required: 112 mins.
- Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and guide activities.
- Keywords: persuasive devices, futuristic, sustainability, video analysis, solutions-focus, climate change.
To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.
To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.
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 Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, The Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.