Quick summary: We have a complex relationship with our mobile phones that is more than screen deep. Mobile phone use and the impact it has had upon society is a is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students apply what they have learnt in the It’s People Like Us lessons. They are given one task and can make a choice about how to fulfil the requirements. They plan and complete the task with teacher and peer support.
It’s People Like Us is a documentary film created as part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Towards Zero road safety strategy. It explores society’s relationship with mobile phones – especially the use of them while driving – and the responsibility that we all have to keep ourselves and each other safe on the roads.
- Students understand the impacts of mobile phones on their own lives.
- Students know how to use rhetorical devices to persuade.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- 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
- 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)
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
- ICreate 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)
Relevant parts of Year 7 English achievement standards: Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences.
Relevant parts of Year 8 English achievement standards: Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response.
Relevant parts of Year 9 English achievement standards: Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts.
Relevant parts of Year 10 English achievement standards: Students explain different viewpoints, attitudes and perspectives through the development of cohesive and logical arguments.
General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.
Topic: Social Issues.
Unit of work: It’s People Like Us – English.
Time required: 120+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers will be required to facilitate active listening and responding in class discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – (printed) one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Persuasive Piece – Assessment Rubric, Persuasive Language factsheet, Persuasive Piece Planning Tool (both printed, one per student).
Related Professional Development: Teach Persuasive Language Using Documentaries
Keywords: contention, rhetorical devices, smartphones, social issue, persuasion, press release, logos, pathos, ethos, It’s People Like Us.
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