Understanding Contention - Cool Australia

Learning areas:
  • English
Year levels:
  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 12

We have a complex relationship with our mobile phones that is more than screen deep. Mobile phone use and the impact it has had upon society is a is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students will learn about the concept of contention, as well as how to identify it in a documentary text. They independently research the concept, summarise contention in their own words, then apply their understanding to their own experiences. They will watch It’s People Like Us supplementary clip What’s it Gonna Take and use a ‘learning triangle’ to identify the contention conveyed in the clip and what they saw and heard that helped them to understand the contention. Students will then reflect by describing the appeals made in the clip, as well as the change in their understanding of contention.