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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (Teacher Pack)

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Could your life be more meaningful with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things offers a thought-provoking answer to this question through an exploration of how individuals are finding ways to live a more fulfilled life with only what matters most. This comprehensive Teacher Pack equips educators with all that's needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences which unpack the key messages of this powerful documentary film.

The running time is 78 minutes and the film is classified PG. Please check your country's classification for this film prior to use with students.

Contents (4 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 Student Booklet
    • Persuasive Speaking Assessment information – including colour-coded sample script answer key
    • Additional resources/links
  2. Student Booklet (19-page PDF/DOCX)
    • Pre-viewing activities
    • During viewing activities
    • Post-viewing activities
    • Assessment task – Persuasive Speech
      • Elements of persuasion
      • Persuasive language devices
      • Structure and features of a persuasive speech
      • Sample speech
      • Speech script template
      • Practising the speech
    • Additional resources
  3. Minimalism Teaching PowerPoint (23-slide PPTX)
    • What is a documentary?
    • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links)
    • Prepare and Present a Persuasive Speech
    • Take further action (including links)

Unit duration: 14+ lessons (including Persuasive Speaking assessment task)

Curriculum Links:

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

  • English
  • Media Studies
  • Geography
  • Humanities/Social Studies

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

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

The Teacher Pack is also suggested for use as a supplementary text for the following senior (Years 11–12) subject areas:

  • English
  • Geography
  • Film, Television and New Media


  • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x PDFs, 1 x DOCX, 1 x PPTX)
  • 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 pack has been designed for educators to use with the 2016 Netflix documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, directed by Matt D'Avella. Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix subscription. This is not included in the Teacher Pack.

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