Activity Introduction

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.

 

Learning intentions:

  • 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

Content descriptions:

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.

© Cool Australia and the Australian Football League

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand the impact of the introduction of AFLW on many Australians.
  • Students will use rhetorical devices to persuade an audience.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • ... explain the impact of the AFLW on different groups of people in society (e.g. current female AFL players, young girls, etc.).
  • ... identify the three key rhetorical devices (ethos, pathos and logos).
  • ...  use ethos, pathos and logos to increase the impact of a persuasive text they have written.

Teacher content information:

Creating the AFL Women's League | Jan Cooper https://youtu.be/7Ja2NVpNc4U

"Without recognition women lose their history. They do these extraordinary things, and then they are forgotten and denied to ever have existed, so women keep reinventing the wheel."
– Dr. Marjorie Snyder, the Senior Director of Research at the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Introducing AFLW
In 2015, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan announced that the AFL

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: "Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it" – Tory Burch

1. After watching ‘Aasta O'Connor | Player Stories’ work in a pair to discuss the following questions, taking notes of your main points:

  • What is your impression of the AFLW?

  • What do you think Aasta’s opinion of the AFLW is? Describe what makes you think so.

2. 2017 was the inaugural year for the AFLW, and part of its introduction was a campaign to introduce the new league. The 'Creating the AFL Women’s League' clip features the AFL’s Female Football Development Manager Jan Cooper sharing her take on the introduction of the AFLW.

Work in a pair to discuss the following questions, taking notes of your main points:

  • What is Jan’s view on the introduction of the AFLW?

  • What are the reasons she sees this as a positive change?

  • List three words that describe how you think Jan Cooper feels about the AFLW.

3. The ‘2017 AFL Women’s “I’d L

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