Quick summary: Students will complete a creative writing task based on factual stimulus material. They are asked to write a short story based on the life of one of Hydro Tasmania’s many workers, Theo Beluch, a Polish immigrant who came to Australia to work for ‘The Hydro’ in the 1950s.
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Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.
Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.
Learning goals: This lesson is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN*, the national literacy test held in Years 3 and 5. It features a creative writing task that requires students to use their imagination to expand on a nonfiction text.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 English
- Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612).
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704).
Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-2A, EN3-7C.
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet), pen and paper for story writing.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Energy, hydropower, history, workers, children, Hydro Tasmania.
* This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators – the ACARA body – but is designed to provide practice for the Australian Curriculum’s compulsory NAPLAN testing scheme.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.