Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students consolidate their learning and reflections on the War On Waste series and unit to create a mini War On Waste episode. They begin by analysing the War On Waste Impact Report and using the findings of this report to develop ideas for their own War On Waste episode. Students are then guided through the process of refining and developing their episode ideas. They then storyboard their episodes and share their drafts with peers, before providing and integrating feedback. Students will then bring their episodes to life, with the option of sharing their episodes with a wider audience.

Cool Australia’s War On Waste lessons have been developed in partnership with Lune Media and with support from the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. These lessons have been designed to lead students through a deeper understanding of some of the big issues relating to waste in Australia and to support them to take action to reduce the impact of waste on our environment. To access the full War On Waste unit for Years 7 to 10, click here.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that they can engage their community to take action on an issue
  • Students understand how to plan and create a TV episode to share with an audience.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingTeam WorkDigital Literacy    

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 7 & 8 Media Arts

  • Experiment with the organisation of ideas to structure stories through media conventions and genres to create points of view in images, sounds and text (ACAMAM066)
  • Develop and refine media production skills to shape the technical and symbolic elements of images, sounds and text for a specific purpose and meaning (ACAMAM068)
  • Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences (ACAMAM069)

Years 9 & 10 Media Arts

  • Experiment with ideas and stories that manipulate media conventions and genres to construct new and alternative points of view through images, sounds and text (ACAMAM073)
  • Develop and refine media production skills to integrate and shape the technical and symbolic elements in images, sounds and text for a specific purpose, meaning and style (ACAMAM075)
  • Plan and design media artworks for a range of purposes that challenge the expectations of specific audiences by particular use of production processes (ACAMAM076)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, ICT Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.7, OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Media Arts achievement standards: Students produce representations of social values and points of view in media artworks for particular audiences and contexts. They use genre and media conventions and shape technical and symbolic elements for specific purposes and meaning. They collaborate with others in design and production processes, and control equipment and technologies to achieve their intentions.

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 Media Arts achievement standards: Students produce representations that communicate alternative points of view in media artworks for different community and institutional contexts. They manipulate genre and media conventions and integrate and shape the technical and symbolic elements for specific purposes, meaning and style. They collaboratively apply design, production and distribution processes.

Topic: Waste, sustainability.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: War On Waste – Years 7-10.

Time required: 360+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in activities, oversee planning and production of TV episode.

Resources required:

Keywords: War On Waste, waste, school, community, episode, War On Waste Impact Report.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will…

  • ... understand that they can engage their community to take action on an issue
  • ... understand how to plan and create a TV episode to share with an audience.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... work collaboratively
  • ... participate in brainstorming activities
  • ... make judgements and decisions about their own ideas
  • ... plan an episode using a storyboard
  • ... identify and source resources required to successfully produce a short TV episode.

Teacher content information: In Australia, we began addressing the issue of waste in the 1960s and '70s with litter campaigns like Keep Australia Beautiful and Tidy Town Awards. With such a long history of waste reduction campaigns, you would think we had got on top of the waste issue; however, as the recent recycling crisis shows, we're still trying to solve the issue of waste in Australia.

Why is this the case? War On Waste, highlighted the confusion consumers have abou

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: “I have been working in waste prevention and reduction for 25 years, and 'War On Waste' is the best thing that’s happened in that time.” - Paul Klymenko, CEO, Planet Ark

The Impact Of War On Waste

You will now look at what impact War On Waste had on reducing waste and the impacts of waste on our environment. Head to the Executive Summary and Introduction of the War On Waste Impact Report and read through these sections before answering the following questions:

How did the show reportedly impact businesses? What changes did it inspire?

How did the show reportedly impact individuals and families?

What other changes were identified as a result of the show?

What percentage of viewers were inspired to change their behaviours?

What do you think is meant by the term ‘Fertile ground for change’? How might this have influenced the impact of the show?

Reading through the Executive Summary and Introduction, do you think the show met its aims to reduce waste? Exp

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