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Lesson Global Goal 15 Life on Land Remix literacy eltsustainable.org


Global Goal 15: Life on Land

Remix Literacy



In this lesson you will:

  • develop your 'remix literacy skills' by creating text for a piece of existing video
  • evaluate the targets of global goal 15, life on land.
  • present your remix to the class
  • discuss issues surrounding remixing the work of others

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Tell your partner about a nature documentary you have seen.
Watch this one. How similar is it?

Let's write!

Follow the link and scroll to the section 'Targets'. Read them, and discuss the following:

1. Which targets stand out for you?
2. Which target would you choose as the highest priority targets where you live and why?
3. What would you do to reach this target?

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Language Work:

Which of these phrases come from the targets and which come from the nature documentary. How is the language in the nature documentary different and why?

  1. By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems
  2. Planet Earth has seven extraordinary continents, each one unique
  3. Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems.
  4. gave rise to the extraordinary and wonderful diversity we see today.
  5. and we will see why this precious diversity is being lost.

2, 4 and 5 come from the nature documentary. The key difference in the language in the nature documentary is that it is more 'poetic'. It contains adjectives such as 'extraordinary' whereas the goals use a more 'factual' style. This is because the purpose of the language in the nature documentary is to grab the listeners' attention, while the language of the targets is intended to provide key facts in a limited amount of text. Both deal with an issue in different ways. The issue is how to hold the reader's or listeners' attention for the duration.


You are going to write subtitles or audio for the following piece of video, in the style of a nature documantary narration, with the intention of raising interest in and awareness of these targets.

Watch the videos on the following slide, choose one of them, and think about what you will say.

The outcome is to have a wiki page in which each group has written about how to improve where they live according to the target they chose. Hopefully they will choose different targets, but if they choose the same, that offers more room for collaboration and peer editing.

Choose a video

You will create a voiceover for one of these videos. Choose one of them.




Strong adjectives

extraordinary, precious, unique,

Questions and imperatives

Have you ever wondered ...?
Stop for a moment to think about...

Repetition and pausing

Each one unique, each one full of life
Don't forget the power of pausing and silence during a video!


Write a script for the video voiceover. Below are some things you can use in it.


Practice saying your voiceover to your partners. When you are ready, present it to your class with the video playing on the projector behind you. As you watch the others present think of one piece of positive feedback.

What do you think?

  • Is it right to take other people's images and make something out of them with a new meaning?
  • What copyright issues are there to consider?
  • Is it true that remixing makes creativity more democratic and less exclusive?
  • How effective is remixing the video in communicationg the importance of life on land in the way we did?
  • What area of goal 15 life on land do you think is the most urgent where you live?
  • Can remixing other peoples' creations help make people think?
  • What would you like to remix?

you for participating!


Lesson plan by Owain Llewellyn


Digital material by Milica Vukadin