In this lesson, students will learn about the power of storytelling to evoke hope in an audience. Choosing an individual who harnessed the power of hope to enact social change, students will plan and write a personal recount from their point of view, exploring how they overcame obstacles and showed resilience and hope. Students will record their stories, using voice modulation and tone for effect, compiling their recordings into a class podcast.
- understand how individuals have harnessed the power of hope to enact positive social change. Students will understand how to compile a class podcast.
- read and identify the contention of an article
- craft writing that applies an understanding of hope, using text structure and language features for effect
- record their writing, using voice tone and modulation to convey a point of view.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Years 7 English:
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723).
- Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using rhythm, sound effects, monologue, layout, navigation and colour (ACELT1805).
Year 8 English:
- Understand and explain how combinations of words and images in texts are used to represent particular groups in society, and how texts position readers in relation to those groups (ACELT1628).
- Create literary texts that draw upon text structures and language features of other texts for particular purposes and effects (ACELT1632).
Syllabus outcomes: EN4-4B, EN4-8D.
General capabilities: Literacy.
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. When creating and editing texts they demonstrate understanding of grammar, use a variety of more specialised vocabulary and accurate spelling and punctuation.
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. When creating and editing texts to create specific effects, they take into account intended purposes and the needs and interests of audiences. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium to High – teachers will need to facilitate class discussion and analysis of the article, and help support students through planning their creative writing. Some digital skill is needed to collate a class podcast.
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
- Digital literacy
- Problem solving
- Social skills
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This lesson was made in partnership with
Minderoo Foundation (www.minderoo.org)