Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will learn about the importance of recycling electronic devices, including mobile phones. They will draw on new knowledge and understandings to develop a persuasive writing piece encouraging others to consider their choices when disposing of electronics. Students will develop skills in selecting specific persuasive techniques to enhance the impact of their writing. This lesson is designed to provide valuable practise for NAPLAN, the national literacy and numeracy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*. 

This lesson has been developed as part of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in MobileMuster. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Take part in the Schools Recycling Right Challenge for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. Register your lesson or other activities today!

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand the importance of recycling electronics to reduce environmental impact.
  • Students will use a range of language techniques to increase the impact of their persuasive texts.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

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)
  • Edit for meaning by removing repetition, refining ideas, reordering sentences and adding or substituting words for impact (ACELY1726)

Year 8 English

  • Experiment with particular language features drawn from different types of texts, including combinations of language and visual choices to create new texts (ACELT1768)
  • 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)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810)

Syllabus outcomes: EN4-4B, EN4-2A.

General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3.

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: By the end of Year 7, students understand how text structures can influence the complexity of a text and are dependent on audience, purpose and context. They demonstrate understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary affects meaning. Students understand how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. They understand how to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view. They create texts showing how language features and images from other texts can be combined for effect.

Relevant parts of the Year 8 achievement standards: By the end of Year 8, students understand how the selection of text structures is influenced by the selection of language mode and how this varies for different purposes and audiences. Students explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas and issues in texts. Students understand how the selection of language features can be used for particular purposes and effects. They explain the effectiveness of language choices they make to influence the audience. Through combining ideas, images and language features from other texts, students show how ideas can be expressed in new ways.

Topic: Persuasive Writing

Unit of work: National Recycling Week – Years 7 & 8 

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Students who have difficulty completing writing tasks of Year 7 and 8 standard may require support.

Resources required: Student worksheets – one per student (printed). Electronics Recycling Factsheet – one per student (printed). Persuasive Language Factsheet – one per student (printed). Editing Checklist – one per student (printed). A4 paper for each student. Projector with sound to view video. If possible, use recycled paper to print worksheets on and save any discarded paper to re-use in other classroom activities. 

Keywords: Planet Ark, recycling, electronics, mobile phones, landfill, persuasive techniques, language techniques, audience, structure.

*This lesson plan is not an officially endorsed publication of NAPLAN’s creators and administrators – the ACARA body – but is designed to provide practise 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.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand the importance of recycling electronics to reduce environmental impact.
  • Students will use a range of language techniques to increase the impact of their persuasive texts.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • ... identify electronics items that are able to be recycled.
  • ... explain the impact of not recycling electronic products.
  • ... recall the language techniques: personal language, emotive language, modality, mood, rhetorical questions, evaluative language and intensifiers.
  • ... include language techniques in their written persuasive texts in a manner that enhances the impact of their argument.

Teacher content information: This lesson has been developed as part of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week and also supports the MobileMuster program, which aims to raise awareness around the benefits of recycling mobile phones.

By recycling mobile phones and other electronic waste (e-waste) we are making

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Australians update their mobile phone every 18 to 24 months.

Recycling Electronics

Read the Electronics Recycling Factsheet and answer the questions below:

1. Circle the following items that can be recycled.

televisions  mobile phones   printer cartridges  digital cameras 
game consoles portable radios batteries computers


2. What are the negative consequences of sending used electronic items to landfill?

3. What percentage of a computer can be recycled? (circle the number)

20%                    0%                    45%                    99%

4. What percentage of a mobile phone can be recycled? (circle the number)

15%                   96%                    45%                    100%

5. What are two things you should consider doing with an electronic item before placing it in the bin?

Persuasive Writing Plan

Your task is to persuade your audience of the importance of reusing and recycling electronics. Before

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