In this lesson, students will engage in solutions-focused thinking about the challenge of climate change. Students will engage with visions of 2040 through film clips and discussion.
Students will synthesise research with their own ideas to create a storyboard about their vision of 2040. This storyboard can be used to plan a variety of texts, depending upon your class priorities.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Students understand that solutions to climate change already exist
- Students will consider how these solutions might affect their lives and the lives of others
- Students will elaborate on facts to create an imaginative futuristic text
- Topic: Learning Through Film, Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability.
- Unit of work: 2040 – English – Years 7 to 10
- Time required: 60 mins.
- Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – students mostly conduct work in partners or follow worksheet.
- Keywords: 2040, documentary, film, brainstorming, climate change, creative, narrative, solutions, future-focussed, vision, fact-based dreaming.
To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.
To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class.
- Student devices with internet access. Sticky notes or class access to online collaborative documents.
- Butcher’s paper or A3 paper.
- Storyboard Template (optional).
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: Order the Schools Version of the 2040 DVD. The Schools Version includes an educational license and is for New Zealand primary and secondary schools that wish to utilise the film as a learning tool or host free on-site screenings for the school community.
If you are teaching in either New Zealand or Australia, you can now organise a virtual screening of the film for your class. To enquire about this option, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and the 2040 team will help you set this up! If you have already bought a DVD of the film and you have a ClickView account, you can email the team for permission to upload the film to your account to make it more easily accessible for your teachers and students.
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.