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Burning (Teacher Pack)

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This teaching unit is based upon the documentary Burning (Eva Orner, 2021). The film examines the impact of climate change in Australia, through a powerful focus on the catastrophic bushfire season of the summer of 2019–2020.

What's the science behind bushfires? What can we each do to address climate change? How can we go on living on earth without harming it in the process? This comprehensive Teacher Pack equips educators of upper secondary students with a range of tools to deliver high-quality learning experiences, including a range of ten potential assignment/extension activities.

Contents (5 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use):

  1. Teacher Guide (22-page PDF)
    • Unit overview
    • Inquiry Questions
    • Suggested Lesson Outline
    • Teacher Answer Guide to all Student Booklet
    • Assignment/Extension activities
  2. Student Booklet (20-page PDF and DOCX)
    • Pre-viewing activities
    • Viewing activities
    • Post-viewing activities
    • Assignment/Extension activities
  3. Teaching Presentation (22-slide PPTX and KEY [for macOS users])
    • What is a documentary? (documentary styles, critiquing a documentary and documentary film conventions)
    • About the director – Eva Orner
    • Discussion starters ×5
    • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links)

Unit Duration: 12+ lessons

Curriculum Links:

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

  • English
  • Geography
  • Media
  • Science (Environmental Science)

In addition, the Teacher Pack relates directly to the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, along with the following General Capabilities within the Australian Curriculum:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Literacy


  • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single ZIP file (2× PDF, 1× DOCX, 1× PPTX, 1× KEY)
  • 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: This comprehensive Teacher Pack has been designed for teachers to use with the documentary Burning but does not include the film as part of the pack. The film has a running time of 86 minutes and is classified MA15+. Please check your country's classification for this film prior to use with students.

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