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 that explores the state of the reef, coral bleaching and the impact of pollution, overfishing, and ocean acidification. They will enhance their understanding of creative writing and meaning communicated through creative writing techniques. Using visual images and information about the state of the reef as stimulus, students will develop their creative writing and editing skills. They will select language and creative writing techniques to create their own descriptive passages about coral reefs.
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. 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.
- Students will learn about how language can be used powerfully through creative modality and the concept of ‘show, don’t tell’.
- Students will learn about the state of the reef and how language can be used to communicate this condition and potential.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Understand how modality is achieved through discriminating choices in modal verbs, adverbs, adjectives and nouns (ACELA1536)
- 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)
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
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.They create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences. Students 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 clip to the class. Coral Bleaching Stimulus Images, Coral Reefs Factsheet, Creative Writing Tips Factsheet, Editing Checklist.
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, marine ecosystems, wildlife, creative writing.
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.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
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