Resources for Sustainability

Chapter 2 header from Picture Books and Beyond

Links to additional books on Sustainability suggested in Chapter 2 ‘Picturing Sustainable Futures':

Image of Macquarie IslandA Year 5 unit of work from English for the Australian Curriculum:

Save One Island: Save them All

This free unit of work focuses on the hybrid text One Small Island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch, to explore the impact of human factors on the environment of Macquarie Island.

Through an analysis of both literary and informational excerpts within this book, students will have the opportunity to craft texts that use persuasive writing techniques to address different social purposes for writing. Engaging with supplementary texts Cat on the Island (Gary Crew and Gillian Warden) and Tanglewood (Margaret Wild and Vivienne Goodman), students will identify the different organisational frameworks and language features appropriate to persuasive writing and identify when best to use literary devices for effect.

Students will take action by identifying a local environment that has experienced significant negative changes due to human actions, and presenting a case for saving or protecting it.

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Image above:View over Macquarie Island beach, photo by M Murphy, public domain image, no copyright

Global Words units of work addressing sustainability

Also find free Creative Commons licensed units of work addressing Sustainability on the Global Words website, Taking care of Earth together (Years 3 and 4), Global footprints (Year 6) and Changing minds, changing behaviour (Year 7).

Units of work for PETAA members addressing Sustainability

Tales from the Inner City

Posted on 6/10/2019
In the teachers’ guide to the 2019 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit for Years 7 and 8 based on the book by Shaun Tan.

Nanberry: Black Brother White

Posted on 8/15/2012
In the teacher's guide to the 2012 CBCA shortlist: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Middle to Upper Primary featuring the focus text Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French.