4—Stories from East Timor
Before viewing the videos in this Sequence, discuss how texts are written for an intended audience. Review ‘The Strike’ versus Hunger and the features that indicate its intended audience.
Brainstorm ways that language features, music and images change depending on the intended audience. Discuss the importance of gaining the audience’s attention in an engaging way at the beginning of a text — and ways to maintain attention in a text.
Divide the class into six small groups — two groups to view Lily’s story; two groups to view Atai’s story and two groups to view Abito’s story.
Ask each group to view their text and identify its intended audience. What features of the text suggest this audience?
Have each group view their text multiple times and identify the strategies used to persuade the viewer using the Stories from East Timor template (.pdf 1.2 MB).
Each group is to show their video to the class, explain the persuasion strategies used and give examples from the text. As a class, discuss the effectiveness / ineffectiveness of the different persuasive texts examined.
Creating a persuasive text
Have each group develop their own persuasive text using the following design brief.
Design brief for a one to two minute presentation
Develop a one to two minute presentation to persuade primary school students to learn more about life for children living in poverty around the world.
The presentation needs to include a written transcript highlighting language features and can be made using powerpoint, video or Prezi presentation software.
The presentation must include music, written graphics, a narrator and visual images.