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Most print and electronic media have journalists who specialise in reporting on environmental stories. In this activity,

learners will read and analyse a variety of print media articles on a range of environmental topics and issues. They will then work together as a class to write local stories for an environmental newsletter.

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Learning Outcome 3:

Reading and Viewing The learner will be able to read and view for information and enjoyment, and respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts. Assessment Standards

  • Discuss the purpose, audience and context of a text.

  • Show understanding of information text.

  • Explains how key features and the organisation of different types of texts contribute to the way in which the

text functions.

  • Analyses techniques used to create particular effects in visual texts (e.g. language used, design).

  • Respond critically to texts.

  • Discuss socio-cultural, environmental and ethical issues contained in texts.

Learning Outcome 4:

Writing The learner will be able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes. Assessment Standards

  • Produces a range of factual written and multimodal texts for various purposes.

  • Uses the writing process collaboratively and independently to generate texts.

Learning Activity 1: Reviewing environmental texts

  • Collect a wide range of texts from various print media that cover a range of environmental topics and issues. Sources may include community and regional newspapers, tourist brochures, travel magazines, nature magazines, newsletters of environmental organisations, The Enviropaedia, etc. Issues may relate to the natural, built and social environments.

  • Hand out different newspapers, magazines, newsletters or single articles to pairs of learners. Select and read an article, complete a questionnaire and write a brief, point-form summary of the main points.

  • Discuss the articles read, the issues they covered, and what techniques the authors and designers used in the various texts. Draw up a class summary of these techniques.

Assessment tasks and tools

  • Complete the worksheet and summary.

  • Draw up a class summary of writing and design techniques.

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