This lesson is part of the Aspire Generation English Unit. Students are introduced to the nature of community service and volunteering and will understand that participating in each can help build 21st Century Skills. Students will view a TED talk and short video that introduce La Trobe University’s Aspire Program and Aspire Generation. They will then engage in collaborative thinking activities where they consider the merits of volunteerism and community service and communicate their understanding through class discussion. In doing so, students are encouraged to understand the many ways they can become involved, make a positive contribution to their community and develop personally.
- have a better understanding of community service
- understand how meaning is created using images, text, spoken word, gestures and symbols.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 English:
- Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (ACELY1741)
Year 10 English:
- Use organisation patterns, voice and language conventions to present a point of view on a subject, speaking clearly, coherently and with effect, using logic, imagery and rhetorical devices to engage audiences (ACELY1813)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)
Cross-curriculum priorities: There are opportunities for students to engage with any of the cross-curriculum priorities across the scope of this unit. Direct or specific engagement with any of these can be made based on the unique attributes of the local community. Sustainability, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Relevant parts of Australian Curriculum English Achievement Standards:
Year 9: By the end of Year 9, students understand how interpretations can vary by comparing their responses to texts to the responses of others. In creating texts, students demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts. Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues. They edit for effect, selecting vocabulary and grammar that contribute to the precision and persuasiveness of texts and using accurate spelling and punctuation.
Year 10: By the end of Year 10, students show how the selection of language features can achieve precision and stylistic effect. They explain different viewpoints, attitudes and perspectives through the development of cohesive and logical arguments. They develop their own style by experimenting with language features, stylistic devices, text structures and images. Students create a wide range of texts to articulate complex ideas. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, building on others’ ideas, solving problems, justifying opinions and developing and expanding arguments. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, vary vocabulary choices for impact, and accurately use spelling and punctuation when creating and editing texts.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Enough printed Hexagonal Thinking templates, scissors, glue and blank A4 sheets of paper for one between two students
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
- Ethical understanding
- Global citizenship
- Social skills
This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.