This lesson is designed to be completed independently by students.
Students will read a persuasive text arguing that Jacinda Ardern is showing exceptional leadership skills. They will be guided to understand the content of the article through questions about both the text and one of the key videos. Then, students will analyse the use of pathos, logos and ethos in the article itself. Finally, students will apply what they have learnt about good leadership and about persuasive writing to write about a leader they admire. They will have the option to share this writing with the leader themselves.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Compare the ways that language and images are used to create character, and to influence emotions and opinions in different types of texts (ACELT1621)
- Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721)
Year 8 English
- Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732)
- Investigate how visual and multimodal texts allude to or draw on other texts or images to enhance and layer meaning (ACELA1548)
We are living through unprecedented times and our lives have been forced to change almost overnight as a result of Covid-19. Many leaders, of countries, companies and other organisations, have been forced to use all of their leadership skills to guide people through the changes to their lives.
Students can feel a range of emotional responses when researching and discussing COVID-19. If you need further support for students please refer to: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
- Device and internet connection
- Pen and paper (optional)
- Article: Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern’s coronavirus response has been a masterclass in crisis leadership
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in a remote or school settings.
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