Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students analyse and explain how texts are specifically and deliberately structured to persuade audiences when it comes to authoritative and reassuring messages about renewable energy and fossil fuels.

Subjects: English

Year Level: 7

Topics: Climate Change, Sustainability

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Climate Change Solutions.


Cool would like to thank the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.


21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCritical Thinking

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: Year 7 English

  • Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721)

Relevant parts of the Year 7 English achievement standards: Students understand how text structures can influence the complexity of a text and are dependent on audience, purpose and context.

Syllabus outcomes: EN4-3B

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead discussions with students, and support them in independent work.

Resources required:

Related Professional Development: If you’re interested in learning more about how to approach challenging topics around climate change and sustainability in your classroom through a Hope and Optimism lens, consider our PD course.

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...

  • ... analyse and explain the ways texts are specifically and deliberately structured to persuade audiences.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain the appeals to logic and appeals to reason present within a text
  • ... explain why these elements have been chosen, and their effect on an audience
  • ... demonstrate their understanding of persuasive marketing techniques by creating their own authoritative ad to appeal to a particular audience.

Teacher content information:


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was created to:

  • provide policymakers (governments) with regular scientific updates about climate change;
  • highlight the impact climate change will have on the planet in the future; and,
  • offer some ideas about how to tackle the challenges of climate change's potential effects on the planet.


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