Activity Introduction

blue_rainbow-sea-land_untitled_1-675-1-edit_photoframeQuick Summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. In this lesson, students will explore rhetorical devices and their influence over audiences. They will consider ways individuals use language to communicate thoughts and opinions, by watching a short clip featuring perspectives about the impact of plastic. They will further develop their understanding of persuasion by studying the rhetorical devices and how they can be used to engage and persuade audiences. Students apply this knowledge to compare the use of rhetoric in two clip clips about plastic and its impact on the environment and ecosystems.

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. 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.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand rhetorical devices and how they are used in media to persuade audiences about issues.
  • Students will understand that choices made in constructing persuasive texts are influenced by purpose and context.
  • Students will understand approaches to expressing ideas, values and attitudes about issues and the impact of these approaches on audiences.

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 10 English

  • Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749)
  • Evaluate the impact on audiences of different choices in the representation of still and moving images (ACELA1572)
  • Compare the purposes, text structures and language features of traditional and contemporary texts in different media (ACELA1566)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-6C, EN5-8D

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

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

Relevant parts of Year 10 English achievement standards: Students evaluate how text structures can be used in innovative ways by different authors. They explain how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary contributes to the development of individual style. They listen for ways features within texts can be manipulated to achieve particular effects. Students explain different viewpoints, attitudes and perspectives through the development of cohesive and logical arguments.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water, Sustainability.

Unit of work: Blue The Film – English – Year 9&10.

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion and assess student work.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Rhetorical Devices Factsheet (one per student). How Do We Combat Our Plastic Addiction? – Transcript (optional).

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, marine ecosystems, rhetoric, ethos, pathos, logos, plastic pollution.

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

blue_jennifer_standing_on_beach_1q4a2174_photoframeTeacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will understand rhetorical devices and how they are used in media to persuade audiences about issues. Students will understand that choices made in constructing persuasive texts are influenced by purpose and context. Students will understand approaches to expressing ideas, values and attitudes about issues and the impact of these approaches on audiences.

Success criteria:

  • Students can explain rhetorical devices and how they are used to persuade.
  • Students can identify and explain the effects of specific rhetorical choices on audiences.
  • Students can describe the way that attitudes can be expressed in different ways to engage audiences.

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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, mirr

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How can we combat our addiction to plastic?

Part A. Intervening in our Addiction to Plastic

Watch the following clip from the film Blue and focus on the language and way that certain individuals come across to viewers. Note your thoughts about the tone, manner, impression and language of the following people in the clip in the table below.

Plastic addiction (https://vimeo.com/212684767)

Individual VoiceJennifer LaversTim SilverwoodLucas Handley
Notes about language (tone, themes, word choices etc.)     

Part B. Finding Out About Rhetoric

How to use rhetoric to get what you want - Camille A. Langston (https://youtu.be/3klMM9BkW5o)

After watching the clip about rhetoric, write your own understanding or definition of rhetoric. Refer to how or when it is used and the three main appeals:

Read the Rhetorical Devices Factsheet and look through the introductory material and breakdown of the three appeals. After reading through this, ref

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