Activity Introduction

graffiti-6-heroQuick 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’.

CLIMARTE-logoThis 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.

Learning goals:

  • 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 OutcomesEN4-4B, 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.


Teacher Worksheet

graffiti-hero-3Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will plan and write a persuasive text, and will build literacy, critical and creative thinking and ethical understanding.

Teacher content information:

CLIMARTE harnesses the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change by:

  • Producing, promoting and facilitating Arts events.
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on sustainable Arts practice at an individual and organisational level.
  • Creating an alliance of Arts practitioners and organisations that advocate for immediate, effective and creative action on climate change.

To learn more about CLIMARTE, visit their website here.

The purpose of persuasive writing is to convince a reader of a particular point of view on an issue. Persuasive writing may express an opinion, discuss, analyse and evaluate an issue. It may also entertain and inform.

This writing task is designed to tea

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Are you easily persuaded?

Today you will be writing a letter to Climarte arguing for or against the topic: 'Artists have a responsibility to communicate pro-environmental messages'.

First, you will be given some time to brainstorm your letter using the ‘What I know, What I think, What I feel' questions below.

Then you will have about five minutes to plan before you begin to write your letter. You will have 35 minutes to write your letter and then 10 more minutes to proofread and edit your work.



What I know...

What I think...

What I feel...



Dear Climarte...

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