Activity Introduction

blue_maddison_smiling_1q4a3218_photoframeQuick summary: In this social action lesson, students will create and deliver a campaign inspired by a campaign featured in Blue The Film. Students will watch a clip that features Madison Stewart, a.k.a. Shark Girl, and analyse how she works to create change around the issue of shark fishing. In a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ activity, students share what they have done in their lives to influence change. In groups, students find out more about campaigns linked to Blue, and choose one to work on. Using their chosen campaign as inspiration, students plan action to become Ocean Guardians and create change, then present to the community about their campaign so that others can become Ocean Guardians.

blue-white-logo-120pxBlue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Find out how to screen or download the film. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To become an ocean guardian, see the website.

Learning intention: 

  • Students will feel empowered to speak up and take action on issues that matter to them.

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

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)
  • Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (ACELY1741)

Year 9 Civics and Citizenship

  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS089)

Year 10 English

  • Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
  • Identify and explore the purposes and effects of different text structures and language features of spoken texts, and use this knowledge to create purposeful texts that inform, persuade and engage (ACELY1750)
  • Create 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)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)

Year 10 Civics and Citizenship

  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS102)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5, OI.7, OI.9.

Relevant parts of achievement standards:

  • English Year 9 : In creating texts, students demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts. Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues.
  • Civics and Citizenship Year 9: Students analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.
  • English Year 10: Students develop their own style by experimenting with language features, stylistic devices, text structures and images. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, building on others’ ideas, solving problems, justifying opinions and developing and expanding arguments.
  • Civics and Citizenship Year 10: Students evaluate ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation.

Unit of work: Blue The Film: Science – Years 9 & 10Blue The Film: English – Years 9 & 10, Blue The Film: Secondary Mathematics – Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 3.5+ hours.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussion and class activities, oversee group work.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website and video to the class. Student computers. Project planning toolProject checklist. Presentation space with audio/visual capabilities for student campaign presentations.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation.

Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and Screen Australia in the development of these teaching resources.

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

© 2017 Northern Pictures and Cool Australia

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students develop skills and confidence to speak up about issues that matter to them.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Identify the features of good campaigns.
  • Feel empowered to have a voice.
  • Create a compelling campaign for social action.
  • Identify the 'ask' and evaluate the responses.

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Teacher content information: From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of the universe. No matter where you live on our blue planet – you’re connected to the sea.

But the seas are under threat. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.

By international standards, Australia is a marine conservation leader. It has the world’s largest coral reef, the best managed fisher

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: 'I’m not fully sure I’ll save anything, but the principle is that we fight for it in the meantime' - Madison Stewart

Part A: Identifying the Issue 

In this lesson, you will be considering the power of youth voice to influence action on issues of global concern. In this instance, the focus will be ocean conservation, becoming and Ocean Guardian and convincing others to do the same. You’ll be working in groups to consider a set of existing campaigns, then run your own campaign.

The clip below features Madison Stewart, a young campaigner, activist and Ocean Guardian: 


Who is Madison Stewart? (https://vimeo.com/211443595)

1. Note the messages you hear from Madison about young people being able to make a difference here: 

2. After the class discussion about values, record the values and associated ‘We will…’ statements here:

 

VALUE WE WILL....

Part B: Ideas for Change

1. Work together to inv

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