In this Social Action lesson, students will watch a clip from Blue The Film to gain insights into the threats to ocean health. They will be inspired by a second clip from Blue The Film, then look into a set of pledges suggested on the Take Action section of the film’s website. Students will choose a pledge, then work in project groups to brainstorm an idea to create change. They will plan and implement a project, then reflect on the process and the impact of the project.
- develop skills and confidence to create and deliver a social action project.
- use their skills and interests to deliver a social action project
- contribute to their group's success
- see themselves as having the ability to create change.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 & 8 Civics and Citizenship skills:
- Identify, gather and sort information and ideas from a range of sources (ACHCS055) (ACHCS069).
- Critically analyse information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS056) (ACHCS070).
- Use democratic processes to reach consensus on a course of action relating to a civics or citizenship issue and plan for that action (ACHCS058) (ACHCS072).
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5, OI.7, OI.9
Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Civics and Citizenship achievement standards: When planning for action, students take into account multiple perspectives to develop solutions to an issue. Students identify ways they can be active and informed citizens.
Time required: 3.5+ hours.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussion and class activities, oversee group work.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Digital literacy
- Ethical understanding
- Global citizenship
- Problem solving
- Social skills
Blue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Find out how to screen or download the film here. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To become an ocean guardian, see the website.