Safe Houseparty

Safe Houseparty

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Persuasive writing
  • Text Analysis
  • Economic
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Systems Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

 Students will consider how COVID-19 is impacting their life in the way that they interact socially with their friends and family. They will read an article and identify the safety considerations for using social technologies such as Houseparty to connect. Next, they will use the information from the article to reflect on their own experiences using various apps and social media platforms. Using this information, students will complete a planning template and create an informative brochure titled, ‘Safe User Guide’ 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 the safety of using social technologies

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • write an informative text that explains the safe use of social technologies
  • select language and maintain a tone appropriate for your audience
  • organise your ideas strategically through a planning process.

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Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 English:

  • Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (ACELA1553)
  • Understand how punctuation is used along with layout and font variations in constructing texts for different audiences and purposes (ACELA1556)
  • Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (ACELA1561)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)

Year 10 English:

  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
  • Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776)

General capabilities: LiteracyEthical Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking.

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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. The rapid change to the way we must live, work and interact has seen a rapid uptake in new technologies that allow us to remain connected to family, friends and colleagues.

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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