Quick summary: Students are asked to consider one of the most controversial debates in wildlife management: Should a Great White Shark that poses a risk to humans be killed to protect human lives? Students will be asked to research and debate this issue.
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- Students understand that culling sharks is a highly contentious issue.
- Students understand that there are powerful arguments for and against shark culling.
- Students understand that debating can be used to give proponents for both sides of a contentious issue the opportunity to present their case.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.4, OI.7.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 English
- Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing (ACELY1720)
Year 8 English
- Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-4B, EN4-3B.
Time required: 48 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Assist in researching material and oversee debate.
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, writing materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Internet based research, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Reflection activities can be extended as homework.
Keywords: Shark, culling, debate.
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