Quick summary: Students will identify different views about the value of marine biodiversity, for example recreational, economic, human rights, human health, and intrinsic and spiritual. Students will interrogate these issues by looking at how conservation organisations think about biodiversity before planning, drafting and performing a play describing the different ways of thinking about marine biodiversity.
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- Students understand that there are different ways of valuing marine biodiversity.
- Students make connections between how we value biodiversity and the actions we take to conserve it.
- Students develop literacy skills around planning, drafting and performing short plays.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding
Australian Curriculum content description:
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)
Year 8 Geography
- The ways of protecting significant landscapes (ACHGK052)
Topic: Seal the Loop
Time required: 2 x 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework.
Keywords: Marine biodiversity, value, conservation, economic, recreational, human health, human rights, intrinsic, spiritual.
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