Quick summary: Students learn about sustainability while building literacy by being asked to write a persuasive letter arguing for or against the topic: ‘Artists have a responsibility to communicate pro-environmental messages’.
This lesson is part of the CLIMARTE unit. The unit is designed to help students build their knowledge of climate change by exploring the topic through the arts. By harnessing the creative power of the Arts, CLIMARTE aim to inform, engage and inspire real action on climate change. Following this lesson plan is an ideal way to expose your kids to climate change through the medium of art.
- Students will plan and write a persuasive text.
- Students build literacy, critical and creative thinking and ethical understanding.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 English
- 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
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
Year 9 English
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
Year 10 English
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
Year 7 & 8 Visual Arts
Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks (ACAVAR123)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-4B, EN5-1A.
Time required: 60 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate discussion and oversee activity
Resources required: Student worksheet, Persuasive letter writing rubric.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities:
Keywords: Artists, letter writing, persuasive writing, environmental responsibility.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.