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Catholic Education South Australia

Inquiry Question

How are words, visuals, music and sound effects, and body language used to persuade and influence in a variety of multimodal texts?


Film Techniques Toolkit

Political Cartoons

In this unit of work students consider how cartoonists work by identifying a number of key elements that exist in good political cartoons. Students are provided with examples of the best political cartoons from the National Museum of Australia's 2007 'Behind the Lines' political cartooning exhibition and the national schools cartooning competition. 

Link: Political Cartoons

Poster Art

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about posters. It includes sections on the purpose and core elements of posters, the use of health campaigns to raise awareness of health issues, the use of public health posters to address health issues of the day, and different presentations of malaria health posters. The section on the global health issue of malaria provides ten posters from different times and countries. The resource also includes a suite of digital posters to engage students in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in the creative use of communication technologies to persuade and convey messages. 

Link: Poster Art

TrackSAFE Education

A series of lessons in which students create visual and multimodal texts to promote rail safety within their local community, with a focus on persuasive techniques 

Link: TrackSAFE Education

Creating multimodal texts

Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

Composing and Analysing Multimodal Persuasive Arguments 

Link: Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

Lesson Bucket

Analysing persuasive language 
This resource for students is a comprehensive explanation of how to analyse a persuasive article, from how to identify the contention and tone, to how persuasive techniques are used to position the reader. Techniques discussed, with examples, include the use of adjectives, adverbs, alliteration, appeals, anecdotes, everyday language, cliches, connotations, emotive words, exaggeration, evidence, expert opinion, inclusive language, imagery, logic, metaphors, puns, repetition, rhetorical questions, sarcasm, similes and tone. Three articles are included, with questions to help with their analysis, as well as a sample analysis essay. 

Link: Lesson Bucket

Persuasive Language

Persuasive language resource to support NAPLAN 

Link: Persuasive Language