Teacher Pack – Minimalism


Complete teaching unit, including assessment, for Minimalism: a documentary about the important things. (2016 – directed by Matt D’Avella)

Could your life be more meaningful with less? Minimalism offers a thought-provoking answer to this question through an exploration of how individuals are finding ways to live a more fulfilled life with only what matters most. This comprehensive Teacher Pack – Minimalism equips educators with all that’s needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences which unpack the key messages of this powerful documentary film.

 Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use):

  1. Teacher Guide (22 page .pdf):
    • Unit overview
    • Inquiry Questions
    • Suggested Lesson Outline
    • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet
    • Persuasive Speaking Assessment information – including colour-coded sample script answer key
    • Additional resources/links
  1. Student Booklet (19 page – .pdf/.doc formats):
    • Pre-viewing activities
    • During viewing activities
    • Post-viewing activities
    • Assessment task – Persuasive Speech:
      • Elements of persuasion
      • Persuasive language devices
      • Structure and features of a persuasive speech
      • Sample speech
      • Speech script template
      • Practising the speech
    • Additional resources
  1. Minimalism Teaching PowerPoint (23 slide .pptx):
    • What is a documentary?
    • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links)
    • Prepare and Present a Persuasive Speech
    • Take further action (including links)

Unit duration: 14+ lessons (including Persuasive Speaking assessment task)




  • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx)
  • Professionally designed by an experienced educator
  • Highly visual and engaging
  • Suited to all learners
  • Crisp, clean layouts
  • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources

Please note:

This comprehensive pack has been designed for educators to use with the 2016 documentary, Minimalism, directed by Matt D’Avella.  The film is available via subscription/purchase on a number of platforms – Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon Prime, as well as being in DVD format.  The film is not included in the resource pack.

Curriculum Links:

The Teacher Pack can be linked to the following areas within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • English
  • Media Studies
  • Geography
  • Humanities/Social Studies

In addition, the Teacher Pack relates directly to the following General Capabilities within the Australian National Curriculum:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Literacy

The Teacher Pack is also suggested for use as a supplementary text for the following senior (Years 11-12) subject areas:

  • English
  • Geography
  • Film, Television and New Media

The film runs for 78 mins and has an official rating as PG13+.  Please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.


  • $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class)
  • $179 for a whole school licence (life-time – unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing educational institution)

Additional information

License type

Individual, Whole school


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