Quick Summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. In this finding out lesson, students will use visible thinking routines to respond to a clip from Blue The Film exploring the importance of the ocean and the changes occurring to ocean ecosystems. They will build their understanding of creative writing and meaning communicated using sensory language. Using visual images and information about the state of the ocean as stimulus, students will develop their creative writing and editing skills through an activity wherein they use sensory language to create meaning about the significance of the ocean.
Blue 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. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To watch the film and become an ocean guardian, see the website.
- Students learn and understand how sensory language can be used powerfully and appeal to human emotions and feelings.
- Students learn about the role of the ocean and how sensory language can be used to communicate and engage about various elements of this role in the global environment.
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)
- Edit for meaning by removing repetition, refining ideas, reordering sentences and adding or substituting words for impact (ACELY1726)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Year 7 English achievement standards: Students demonstrate understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary affects meaning. They understand how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, use a variety of more specialised vocabulary and accurate spelling and punctuation.
Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water, Sustainability.
Unit of work: Blue The Film – English – Year 7 & 8.
Time required: 90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – lead students in discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one per student. Device capable of presenting a website, clip and digital worksheet to the class. Ocean Stimulus Images, Sensory Writing Example, Sensory and Descriptive Writing Factsheet, Editing Checklist, Ocean Change Factsheet, Ocean Change Factsheet.
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, marine ecosystems, ocean change, pollution, sensory language.
Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, The Caledonia Foundation and Screen Australia in the development of these teaching resources.
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