Activity Introduction

blue_turtle-light_slp_0054-copy-2_photoframeQuick Summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. In this lesson students will watch video footage of marine turtles in their natural environment then consider the devices that are used to appeal to audiences. Students will evaluate the effect of these choices on audience understanding about marine turtles, plastic pollution and marine health. Students will understand how audiences are engaged through audio-visual devices to think, feel or do certain things in relation these issues.

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 how language can be used in persuasive ways by appealing to audiences’ emotions and shared experience or understanding about issues.
  • Students will understand how significant issues such as ocean change are communicated using language and content that draws from personal and collective experience.

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 English

  • Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
  • Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (ACELT1635)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-2A, EN5-7D.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 9 English achievement standards: Students analyse and explain how images, vocabulary choices and language features distinguish the work of individual authors. They select evidence from texts to analyse and explain how language choices and conventions are used to influence an audience. Students listen for ways texts position an audience. Students understand how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of meaning.

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

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

Time required: 60 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. Turtles and Plastics Stimulus Images, Ghost Nets Factsheet.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, marine ecosystems and wildlife, marine turtles, audience appeals, emotions, imagery, language choices, persuasion, rhetoric.

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_sea_turtle_head_1q4a2392_photoframeTeacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will understand how language can be used in persuasive ways by appealing to audiences’ emotions and shared experience or understanding about issues. Students will understand how significant issues such as ocean change are communicated using language and content that draws from personal and collective experience.

Success criteria:

  • Students can identify significant language choices and evaluate how they impact upon the audience.

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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, 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 alt

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How can marine turtles appeal to our emotions?

Part A. Tuning in to Ocean Change and Plastics

A 'See-Think-Wonder' visible thinking routine can help you to make observations and interpretations about what you see and can help you establish goals for further learning.

Watch the clip below and view the the images on the Turtles and Plastics Stimulus Images, then complete the 'See-Think-Wonder' routine.

Life on the reef - Raine Island time-lapse (https://vimeo.com/119815955)

What do you SEEWhat do you THINK about that?What does it make you WONDER?
  

Your teacher might ask you to share your responses or discuss them with the class. The following questions might help prompt you:

  • What was something in the image that made you think that way?
  • What emotions or feelings did the image, audio or narration seem to appeal to?
  • Did anybody think of feel something different about this image?
  • What might that be able to tell you about th
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