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Blackfish (Teacher Pack)

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SKU: TP0019
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  • 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): 

  1. Teacher Guide (25-page PDF)                     
    • Unit overview
    • Inquiry Questions
    • Suggested Lesson Outline                                                                     
    • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet
    • Assessment Task: Persuasive Speech
  2. Student Booklet (22-page PDF and DOCX)
    • Pre-viewing activities
    • Viewing activities
    • Post-viewing activities                                 
    • Assessment Task: Persuasive Speech (including activities, samples, structure template, checklist)
  3. Teaching PowerPoint (20-slide PPTX and Key [for macOS users])
    • 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)

Curriculum Links:

The Teacher Pack can be linked to the following areas within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • English
  • Media Studies

In addition, the Teacher Pack relates directly to the following General Capabilities within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • Ethical Understanding
  • Literacy
  • 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.

Features:

  • 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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