Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students will judge seven different commercials from around the world and evaluate the persuasive techniques used in each one. They will then prepare a persuasive storyboard for the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition based on the ‘Choices and Consequences‘ planning activity from the previous lesson. Finally, students will provide feedback on fellow peers’ storyboards.
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This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme “Re-imagining Resources”.
- Students will evaluate and identify the persuasive techniques used in commercials.
- Students will prepare a persuasive storyboard encouraging people to change their behaviour or try new ideas.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 Economics and Business
- Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHEK002).
Year 5 English
- Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701).
- 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).
- Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796).
Year 6 Economics and Business
- How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHEK009).
Year 6 English
- Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709).
- Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text (ACELY1711).
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714).
Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Time required: 60-80 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Support will need to be given when the students prepare their storyboards.
Resources required: WALL-E synopsis, StoryboardThat or Persuasive Storyboard Worksheet (both of these are optional – students can also create their own using pen and paper), Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Students will also need access to YouTube to watch the videos.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Mirvac, water, waste, energy, materials, renewable, behaviour, sustainability, choices, consequences, persuasion.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.