Activity Introduction

wwf-ski-fields-photoframeQuick summary: Through a visual storytelling exercise, students explore the future they would like to see. Students begin by responding to different images of the future, clarifying these responses in descriptive terms. They are then asked to explore the Choose Your Climate Future website to understand the impacts that climate change might have on Australia. Based upon this knowledge they create their own vision of the future, creating a visual diary of someone living in the future.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

Essential questions:

  • How are we affected by our environment?
  • How do environmental and human processes affect places and environments?
  • What are the consequences of changes to places and environments and how can these changes be managed?
  • What is climate change and how will it affect our future?
  • How can we affect our future? 

21st century skills:

skills CF 5678

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 English

  • Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using rhythm, sound effects, monologue, layout, navigation and colour (ACELT1805)
  • 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)

Year 8 English

  • Experiment with particular language features drawn from different types of texts, including combinations of language and visual choices to create new texts (ACELT1768)
  • Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability – O.I.7, O.I.9.

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences, and demonstrate how language features and images can be combined for effect. When creating and editing texts they demonstrate understanding of grammar, use a variety of more specialised vocabulary and accurate spelling and punctuation.

Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response. They create and edit texts to create specific effects, they take into account intended purposes and the needs and interests of audiences. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation.

Topic: Earth Hour, Climate change.

Unit of work: Earth Hour.

Time required: 60 mins +

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low- oversee activity, facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Diary writing tips, The Future – Discussion questions. Extension – Facebook this.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Climate change, future, Australia, visual storytelling, diary.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

wwf-reef-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand the language and conventions of creative diary writing, including using past tense and first person verbs. Students recognise some of the key issues relating to climate change, and can identify how climate change may affect Australia in the future.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, th

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where will you be in the future?

Part A - A glimpse into the future

Take a look at the following images and answer the questions below:


Image 1.

Image 2.


Image 3.

Image 4.

Image 1

Write a question the image brings to mind (e.g. “What has changed in the world to make the sky that colour?”).

Make a guess as to what type of future the creator of this image imagined (e.g. “The person who created this image imagines a bleak future”).

Image 2

Write a detailed observation about the image (e.g. “There are no signs of nature in this image”).

Write a caption for this image (e.g. "The aliens have landed!").

Image 3

Write a question the image brings to mind (e.g. “What has changed in the world to make the sky that colour?”).

Write a caption for this image (e.g. "The aliens have landed!").

Image 4

Write a detailed observation a

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