Resilient Australia - Imagine A Resilient Australia

Resilient Australia - Imagine A Resilient Australia

Lesson 10 of 9 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Social
  • Leadership
  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

In this English lesson, students reflect on the knowledge and understanding they have developed throughout this unit of work, completing a lotus diagram organiser to reflect their key learnings. Following this, students explore an interactive map outlining the areas of Australia most geographically affected by hazards, to conceptualise the effect hazards have on Australia as a whole. Seeking to evoke hope for the future, students are challenged to imagine what Australia would look like, if it were prepared and more resilient to mitigate fires and floods. Students provide peer assessment and feedback in this task.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the impact of hazards on Australia as a whole, to build an understanding of the possibility of a future Australia that is resilient to natural hazards and disasters.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • use a lotus diagram graphic organiser to reflect their understanding across a unit
  • reflect on the impact of hazards across Australia
  • deliver an oral presentation presenting their point of view on a topic, using multimodal elements to support.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 7 English:

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing (ACELY1720).

Years 8 English:

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731).

Syllabus outcomes: EN4-4B

General capabilities: Literacy

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards:
Students create structured and coherent texts for a range of purposes and audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using language features to engage the audience.

Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards:
Students create texts for different purposes, selecting language to influence audience response. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using language patterns for effect.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers need to facilitate conversations with students and guide them through thinking to launch into the oral presentation.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student

Skills

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

  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Global citizenship
  • Social skills
  • Problem solving

Additional info

We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.

If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

This lesson was made in partnership with
Minderoo Foundation (www.minderoo.org).

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