Students examine perspectives on people seeking asylum and offshore detention policies by considering rhetorical voices, and analyse how the devices of rhetoric are used by these voices to persuade audiences. Using a variety of thinking and analytical tools, students will refine their knowledge skills and evaluate rhetorical devices in news media texts. In doing so, students will enhance and deepen their understanding of the power of language.
- learn about rhetoric devices and how they can be used to represent particular perspectives on human experiences
- understand that the composition of persuasive texts are influenced by purpose and context
- understand how ideas, values and attitudes about issues are expressed in texts and explain the impact on audiences.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 11 English:
Compare texts in a variety of contexts, mediums and modes by:
- explaining the relationship between purpose and context (ACEEN021)
Investigate the representation of ideas, attitudes and voices in texts including:
- evaluating the effects of rhetorical devices, for example, emphasis, emotive language and imagery in the construction of argument (ACEEN025)
Reflect on their own and others’ texts by:
- analysing the values and attitudes expressed in texts (ACEEN038)
- explaining how and why texts position readers and viewers (ACEEN040)
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion and assess student work.
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
- Device capable of presenting a website to the class
- Rhetoric Factsheet; Stop the bastardry of Australia’s offshore detention centres; Australia can’t go soft on offshore processing of asylum-seekers (print one of each per student or access digitally via Student Worksheet)
- Highlighters (3 colours) for annotation activity (optional)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Ethical understanding
- Social skills
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.