- How do documentaries educate viewers on an issue?
- How do documentary film-makers use conventions of documentary film-making to communicate a perspective?
- Why is it important to develop critical viewing skills?
This complete teaching unit, including persuasive speech assessment, focuses on the 2013 documentary, Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The powerful change-inspiring film focuses on the story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale, trainer deaths and problems with the sea-park industry.
This comprehensive Teacher Pack – Blackfish equips educators of secondary school students with all that’s needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences related to critical viewing of a documentary film text on the issue of keeping animals in captivity. Students will learn through a range of individual, pair, group and whole-class speaking, viewing, and writing modes, culminating in a persuasive speech assessment task.
Contents (digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use):
- Teacher Guide (25-page PDF)
- Unit overview
- Inquiry Questions
- Suggested Lesson Outline
- Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet
- Assessment Task: Persuasive Speech
- Student Booklet (22-page PDF and DOCX)
Teaching PowerPoint (20-slide PPTX and Key [for macOS users])
- Pre-viewing activities
- Viewing activities
- Post-viewing activities
- Assessment Task: Persuasive Speech (including activities, samples, structure template, checklist)
- What is a documentary?
- Discussion started activities
- Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links)
- Persuasive Speech – assessment preparation resources
Unit duration: 18+ lessons (including assessment)
The Teacher Pack can be linked to the following areas within the Australian National Curriculum:
In addition, the Teacher Pack relates directly to the following General Capabilities within the Australian National Curriculum:
- Ethical Understanding
- Critical and Creative Thinking
The film runs for 83 mins and has an official rating as M. Please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.
- Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx, 1 x keynote presentation)
- Professionally designed by an experienced educator
- Highly visual and engaging
- Suited to all learners
- Crisp, clean layouts
- A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources
Please note: Access to view the film is not included in the resource pack.
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