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12 — How are our lifestyles shaping and changing the planet?

The final sequence for this unit involves the sharing and celebration of learning. Students will exchange their feature articles with other students in the class who will provide peer feedback. The students will have the opportunity to refine and clarify ideas in their work to improve effectiveness and to make any changes before final publication. ACELY1810

The students will present their ‘art from trash’ exhibits and, returning to the essential inquiry question of this unit, will reflect on their learning and complete a unit evaluation. This sequence draws on the following General Capabilities: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology and Personal and Social Responsibility.

Activity 1: Peer appraisal

Provide the students with the Feature article – writing appraisal form. Invite students to exchange their written articles with another student. Using the prompts on the form, the students will provide feedback on the writing style, presentation and content of the articles. Students are then given the option to make any suggested changes if they wish to, based on the peer feedback provided, before their work is submitted for final assessment.

(The idea for seeking peer appraisal for student writing in this manner was gained from The Cabinet of Lost and Found poetry writing guide, produced by Tony Britten for The Red Room Company. In this guide, an appraisal form is used for students to give feedback to each other for their poetry writing.)

Reflection on the art from trash exhibit 

The students will present their art from trash pieces in an exhibit format, with each piece accompanied by a plaque or short description of the work. Photographs of the artworks can be taken for display in an online gallery, on the class wiki or blog page.

Track my thinking

Students complete their final entry on the Track my thinking worksheet.

Unit review and evaluation

Finally, ask the students to complete a unit review and Evaluation survey to provide feedback for future teaching of the unit and unit ideas. The evaluation can draw on the activities that they most enjoyed and least enjoyed; the texts in focus that were engaging and useful and those that were less so. Students can comment on the activities in the sequence and the times given to complete tasks in the unit.