Voices of Chasing Asylum - Expository/Media Voices

Voices of Chasing Asylum - Expository/Media Voices

Lesson 4 of 8 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 11 - 12
  • English
  • Persuasive writing
  • Text Analysis
  • Social
  • Equality
  • Homelessness
  • Human Rights
  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

Students examine issues associated with people seeking asylum and offshore detention policies by studying the expository language and visual choices in media texts. Using a variety of thinking and analytical tools, students refine their knowledge and skills by analysing, evaluating and comparing expository language and visual choices in texts. In doing so, students enhance and deepen their understanding of the connection between offshore detention policies, people seeking asylum and the power of visual, written and spoken language to communicate and persuade on these issues.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand and be able to analyse the way language, structural, stylistic and visual choices work in representing and shaping points of view and influencing audiences.
  • enhance their comparative skills to understand how different media texts represent and report issues in different ways and elicit different responses from audiences.
  • be able to analyse and make evaluative judgements about the effectiveness of media texts in positioning audiences about issues.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 11 English:

Investigate the representation of ideas, attitudes and voices in texts including:

  • analysing the ways language features, text structures and stylistic choices shape points of view and influence audiences (ACEEN024)
  • evaluating the effects of rhetorical devices, for example, emphasis, emotive language and imagery in the construction of argument (ACEEN025)

Analyse and evaluate how and why responses to texts vary through:

  • the ways ideas, attitudes and voices are represented, for example, how events are reported differently in the media (ACEEN029)

Reflect on their own and others’ texts by:

  • evaluating the effectiveness of texts in representing ideas, attitudes and voices (ACEEN039)
  • explaining how and why texts position readers and viewers (ACEEN040)

General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority:

Unit of work: Voices of Chasing Asylum – access the unit overview here.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion and assess student work.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Global citizenship

Additional info

Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies through the personal accounts of people seeking asylum and whistleblowers who tried to work within the system. To watch the documentary, stream it on Kanopy and Clickview or purchase the DVD at the ATOM Education Shop.

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