Communicating Clearly About COVID-19

Communicating Clearly About COVID-19

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Persuasive writing
  • Text Analysis
  • Economic
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Systems Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will gain a greater understanding of COVID-19 including its symptoms, how it is contracted, at risk groups, incubation period and how it is different to influenza by reading through an article. Next, they will conduct quick research on responses to COVID-19 in their state and reflect on their own responses during this time. Using this information, students will complete a planning template and create an informative brochure titled, ‘Understanding and Coping with COVID-19’ that will be directed at an audience of their peers.

This lesson is designed to be completed independently by students.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • comprehend information from a news article and use this to formulate your own feelings and views
  • plan and create an informative brochure on COVID-19.

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • write an informative text that explains different aspects of COVID-19 including symptoms, high-risk groups, how it is contracted and how it is different from influenza
  • select language and maintain a tone appropriate for your audience
  • organise your ideas strategically through a planning process.

Lesson guides and printables

Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Year 7 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas(ACELY1725)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)

Year 8 English:

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
  • Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)

General capabilities: LiteracyEthical Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Resources required

Tips for parents and carers

Students can feel a range of emotional responses when researching and discussing COVID-19.

If you need further support for students please refer to:

Additional info

Background information:
We are living through unprecedented times and our lives have been forced to change almost overnight as a result of COVID-19. How to move forward, when a vaccine is to be developed (or may never be) is now the focus of many governments.

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Conversation. The Conversation’s mission is to be known as a prominent and trusted publisher of new thinking and evidence-based research, editorially independent and free of commercial or political bias. The Conversation hopes teachers will use their content as a source of truthful information, and that teachers can show their students the importance of trusted, evidence-based information in understanding the world around them and making informed decisions about their actions. Please follow the republishing guidelines when using The Conversation’s articles.

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