Quick summary: We have a complex relationship with our mobile phones that is more than screen deep. Mobile phone use and the impact it has had upon society is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students will become familiar with Logos – a rhetorical device used to persuade, and complete the ‘Think-Pair-Share’ visible thinking routine to explore their understanding. They will watch two clips from the It’s People Like Us – Perspectives YouTube series and identify examples of when Logos is used to persuade the audience. They will then apply their understanding by writing a letter to a person using appeals to logic to persuade them to change the way they use their mobile phone.
It’s People Like Us is a documentary film created as part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Towards Zero road safety strategy. It explores society’s relationship with mobile phones – especially the use of them while driving – and the responsibility that we all have to keep ourselves and each other safe on the roads.
- Students understand the rhetorical device Logos and how it works to persuade an audience.
- Students understand the impacts of mobile phones on their own lives.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English
- Analyse how point of view is generated in visual texts by means of choices, for example gaze, angle and social distance (ACELA1764)
Year 8 English
- Analyse how the text structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication (ACELA1543)
Relevant parts of Year 7 English achievement standards: Students explain issues and ideas from a variety of sources, analysing supporting evidence and implied meaning. They select specific details from texts to develop their own response, recognising that texts reflect different viewpoints. They listen for and explain different perspectives in texts.
Relevant parts of Year 8 English achievement standards: Students understand how the selection of text structures is influenced by the selection of language mode and how this varies for different purposes and audiences. Students explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas and issues in texts.
General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.
Topic: Social Issues.
Unit of work: It’s People Like Us – English.
Time required: 90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers will be required to facilitate active listening and responding in class discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – (printed) one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Web-enabled devices (one per student). Rhetorical Devices factsheet, The Impact of Distractions on Safe Driving factsheet, Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland: Mobile Phone Use & Distraction factsheet.
Related Professional Development: Teach Persuasive Language Using Documentaries
Keywords: logos, logic, It’s People Like Us, documentary, community safety, persuasion, point of view, social issues.
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