Activity Introduction

Climate change can evoke a range of different emotions. In a text, these emotions can be referred to as ‘tone’. Understanding and using tone can help us communicate different messages around climate change. In this activity you will compare and contrast headlines and videos that use a range of tone. You evaluate the effect that different tones have on the audience. You will then create their own messaging around climate change. 

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support; others will be able to complete it independently.

Ideal for: Lower Secondary

Themes: 

  • investigate
  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Literacy. Critical and Creative Thinking.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes: 

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

2040 – The Tone Of Climate Change – English – Years 7 & 8

Resources Required

  • Device with internet connection

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Testing The Tone Of Climate Change - Activity Instructions

Climate change can evoke a range of different emotions. In a text, these emotions can be referred to as ‘tone’. Understanding and using tone can help us communicate different messages around climate change. In this activity you will compare and contrast headlines and videos that use a range of tone. You evaluate the effect that different tones have on the audience. You will then create their own messaging around climate change.

Part A. Identifying emotions around climate change

Step 1. Climate change is a very emotive issue. Many people feel very strongly about it, but many of us feel different emotions.

Watch this clip from the 2040 documentary that explains more about climate change and which may help you to connect with your emotions around this topic:

Exploring the Themes Password: 2040_EDU (https://vimeo.com/336505203)

Once complete, reflect on your experience of this clip by completing the table below:

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