Quick summary: Students develop a deeper understanding of rhetoric, while finding out more about the topic of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. They are introduced to the idea of a viewpoint in a clip from the documentary film Dying to Live, then build on that idea by viewing a clip that explains the origin and purpose of rhetorical language. Students create a mind-map of their understanding of rhetoric, then apply their understanding by analysing the use of rhetoric in a news story.
Dying To Live is a documentary feature film that examines organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Australia through seven different stories that highlight the social, physical and emotional effects of being on the organ donor waiting list. The film also aims to dispel myths about organ and tissue donation while encouraging family conversations so that family members are aware of their loved ones’ donation intentions. Find out how to screen or view the film here.
- Students understand rhetoric and some key rhetorical devices.
- Students understand how rhetoric is used to change minds.
- Students understand more about organ and tissue donation, and the impact it can have on people’s lives.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
Year 8 English
- Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students demonstrate understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary affects meaning. They explain issues and ideas from a variety of sources, analysing supporting evidence and implied meaning. They select specific details from texts to develop their own response, recognising that texts reflect different viewpoints.
Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: Students explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas and issues in texts. Students interpret texts, questioning the reliability of sources of ideas and information. They select evidence from the text to show how events, situations and people can be represented from different viewpoints.
Topic: Social Issues, Learning Through Film
Unit of work: Dying to Live – English – Year 7 & 8
Time required: 90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Web-enabled devices – at least one per pair. Device capable of presenting a video with sound to the class. Seed Discussion Organiser – printed, one per student. Rhetorical Devices Factsheet – printed, one per student. Article: Organ Donation ‘Opt Out’ Petition
Related Professional Development: Exploring General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding
Keywords: Organ and tissue donation, rhetoric, rhetorical devices, persuasive language, using language to persuade, Dying to Live
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Cool Australia, Aquarius Productions and Intrinsic Story would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, and Documentary Australia Foundation in the development of these teaching resources.