A diverse and connected world

This unit takes a global view of geography and ways that language is used to inform and persuade people about global issues, with as a focus on interconnections between East Timor and Australia. Students reflect on their own knowledge and other people’s knowledge of other countries and places. The unit explores characteristic features of persuasive texts, especially digital or video texts.

Short video texts used are Strike versus Hunger, The First 1,000 Days and Stories from East Timor, as well as persuasive and information texts about East Timor from Get Connected Issue 9: Global inequalities. (Note, different texts refer to East Timor or Timor-Leste).

A group of primary school children

Above: Students at Manleuana Primary School, Dilli, Timore-Leste. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

Australian curriculum links

The general capabilities emphasised in this unit of work are literacy, intercultural understanding and ethical understanding. The unit addresses the cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. See how this unit relates to Australian Curriculum content descriptions and NSW Syllabus outcomes for English and Geography.


This unit provides opportunities to explore the ideas that:

  • Australia is connected with other countries in our Asia-Pacific region.
  • Life in East Timor and Australia has similarities and differences.
  • There are economic, demographic and social inequalities between countries in the world.
  • Persuasive texts can be used to inform and motivate others to act as global citizens.
  • Persuasive texts employ characteristic features and strategies.

Teaching and learning activities

  1. Introduce the unit with Australia’s neighbours in the Asia-Pacific
  2. First 1,000 days: A persuasive digital animation
  3. ‘The Strike’ versus Hunger: A persuasive digital video
  4. Stories from East Timor

For the teacher

Find more information on Writing persuasive texts from PETAA, including advice about structural and grammmatical features, with assessment advice and criterea for students’ writing of persuasive texts.

Use a NAPLAN Persuasive Writing Marking Guide (.pdf 6 MB) from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

A range of materials to support this unit can be found on the World Vision School Resources website.

Screen Australia provides an interactive map of Australia and the Pacific region and the BBC TV series Pacific Stories journeys through the islands of the Pacific to tell of the amazing transformation of the region. Also see for Upper Primary in Global Words, Neighbours PNG the unit of work for Year 5 that begins with the concept of neighbourliness and extends the focus to our Pacific Island neighbour, Papua New Guinea.

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