Understanding sustainability

Understanding sustainability

Lesson 3 of 7 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this activity students explore the concept of ‘sustainability’. They think about their personal understanding of sustainability and how others may interpret it differently. Students begin by working in pairs to find, compare and analyse different definitions of sustainability. Finally students will create their own definitions of sustainability and reflect upon their own learning.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that there are many different definitions of sustainability, and recognise common themes in these different definitions.
  • Students identify how they think about and define sustainability.
  • Students reflect upon their own learning about sustainability.

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Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 English:

  • Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
  • Compare the text structures and language features of multimodal texts, explaining how they combine to influence audiences (ACELY1724)
  • 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:

  • Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732)
  • Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
  • 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)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)

Syllabus outcomesEN4-1A, EN4-2A, EN4-2A, EN4-2A, EN4-2A, EN4-3B, EN4-3B, EN4-4B, EN4-4B, EN4-6C.

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate discussion and oversee activity

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