A Year 5 unit of work from English for the Australian Curriculum:
Save One Island: Save them All
This free unit of work focuses on the hybrid text One Small Island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch, to explore the impact of human factors on the environment of Macquarie Island.
Through an analysis of both literary and informational excerpts within this book, students will have the opportunity to craft texts that use persuasive writing techniques to address different social purposes for writing. Engaging with supplementary texts Cat on the Island (Gary Crew and Gillian Warden) and Tanglewood (Margaret Wild and Vivienne Goodman), students will identify the different organisational frameworks and language features appropriate to persuasive writing and identify when best to use literary devices for effect.
Students will take action by identifying a local environment that has experienced significant negative changes due to human actions, and presenting a case for saving or protecting it.
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Image above: View over Macquarie Island beach, photo by M Murphy, public domain image, no copyright
Global Words units of work addressing sustainability
Also find free Creative Commons licensed units of work addressing Sustainability on the Global Words website, Taking care of Earth together (Years 3 and 4), Global footprints (Year 6) and Changing minds, changing behaviour (Year 7).