Quick summary: 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 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.
2040 is only available in cinemas until later in 2019. You can make a group booking for your class at your local cinema during the film’s theatrical release commencing from May 23. These lessons have been designed with a media library to support teachers. Find out how to see the film in cinemas here. The Schools Version of the 2040 DVD is now also available for pre-order! School-based screenings can commence from September 1st – pre-order now to get your copy before the end of August. The Schools Version includes an educational license, allowing you to play it in class as a learning tool or even host on-site screenings for your school community.
- 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
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Understand and explain how the text structures and language features of texts become more complex in informative and persuasive texts and identify underlying structures such as taxonomies, cause and effect, and extended metaphors (ACELA1531)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
Year 8 English
- Experiment with particular language features drawn from different types of texts, including combinations of language and visual choices to create new texts (ACELT1768)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
Syllabus outcomes: EN4-1A, EN4-4B
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students understand how text structures can influence the complexity of a text and are dependent on audience, purpose and context. They demonstrate understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary affects meaning. Students understand how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. They understand how to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view. They create texts showing how language features and images from other texts can be combined for effect.
Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: Students understand how the selection of text structures is influenced by the selection of language mode and how this varies for different purposes and audiences. Students explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas and issues in texts. Students understand how the selection of language features can be used for particular purposes and effects. They explain the effectiveness of language choices they make to influence the audience. Through combining ideas, images and language features from other texts, students show how ideas can be expressed in new ways.
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.
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.