Activity Introduction

blue_coral-bleaching-lucas_untitled_1-629-2_photoframeQuick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. In this lesson students draw conclusions and consolidate their learning from the Blue The Film: Inquiry – Years 5 & 6. They begin by considering what persuasive techniques are used in Blue The Film. Students begin by looking at a range of persuasive devices and identify which of these are used by some of the Ocean Guardians of Blue. They then identify which topics or issues raised in this unit are most important to them, and work to create a persuasive piece to convince others to take action on this issue. Students will share their pieces with peers and incorporate feedback before sharing with the class.

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 here. 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 intentions:

  • Students understand how to use a range of persuasive techniques.
  • Students identify which persuasive techniques are used in Blue The Film.
  • Students identify which issues raised in this unit are most important to them.

21st century skills:


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
  • Re-read and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features (ACELY1705)

Year 6 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
  • Re-read and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices (ACELY1715)

Year 5 HASS

  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)

Syllabus outcomes: EN3-2A, GE3-2, GE3-3.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.5.

Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences. They edit their work for cohesive structure and meaning.

Relevant parts of Year 6 English achievement standards: Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They make and explain editorial choices based on criteria.

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and between components of environments.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.

Unit of work: Blue The Film: Inquiry – Years 5 & 6.

Time required: 70 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussions.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Butcher’s paper and pens. Materials/equipment for persuasive piece, such as camera, recording device, art materials, writing materials, infographic program (e.g. Piktochart). Persuasive Writing Tips, Letter Writing Tips, Podcast Making Tips. Film Making Tips. Persuasive Piece Assessment Rubric. Optional – How to be Persuasive.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, persuasive techniques, Ocean Guardians, turtles, seabirds, plastic, fishing.

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


Teacher Worksheet

blue_looking_up_at_two_divers_ponds1964_copy_photoframeTeacher Preparation

Learning intention: Students will understand that there are range of persuasive techniques we can use to convince people to help our oceans.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Know a range of persuasive techniques.
  • Know some of the main messages of Blue.
  • Be able to use persuasive techniques.
  • Be able to produce a piece that incorporates persuasive messaging.


Teacher content information: From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. 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’

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What do you think are the most important messages from Blue The Film?

Persuasive techniques - preparation activity

Download this presentation: How to be persuasive.

View the presentation and answer the following question:

What are the three types of persuasive techniques listed in this presentation?

1. 2. 3.


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