Quick summary: In this lesson, students will watch and analyse a number of clips that showcase the introduction of the AFL Women’s competition and the impact it has had in Australian society. Students will dig deeper into the concept of rhetorical devices and how they work to influence an audience. They will then put it all together to write a persuasive speech to convince their audience of the value of change in society, using AFLW as their key example.
This lesson is designed to provide practise for NAPLAN, the national literacy and numeracy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*. It focuses on persuasive devices and vocabulary and explores the use of rhetorical devices to persuade an audience.
This lesson has been developed in conjunction with the AFLW in celebration of the advancement of women in sport and the promotion of equal opportunity for all people in all facets of life.
- Students will understand the impact of introduction of AFLW on many Australians.
- Students will use rhetorical devices to persuade an audience.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1619)
- Compare the ways that language and images are used to create character, and to influence emotions and opinions in different types of texts (ACELT1621)
- 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)
- 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)
Year 8 English
- Understand how rhetorical devices are used to persuade and how different layers of meaning are developed through the use of metaphor, irony and parody (ACELA1542)
- Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups (ACELT1626)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731)
Syllabus outcomes: EN4-1A, EN4-3B, EN4-4B, EN4-8D
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding
Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: 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. Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using language features to engage the audience.
Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: 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. Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using language patterns for effect.
Topic: Social Issues.
Unit of work: AFLW – NAPLAN preparation.
Time required: 90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Some students will require support to develop their ideas.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – printed, one per student. AFLW Persuasive Presentation Assessment Rubric – printed, one per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Optional: Learning intentions and success criteria display.
Keywords: AFLW, equality, opportunity, inspiration, ambition, society, change.
*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.
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