Activity Introduction

trent, emma and destinyQuick summary: This lesson facilitates students in the examination of the effect that different events and influences have upon the personal circumstances of individuals. Students reflect upon the experiences and circumstances that have shaped them personally by completing an influences mind map. Parts 3 and 4 of THE OASIS are then viewed, and students track a character, noting the personal circumstances that are influential throughout their story. Students then complete a Future Wheel to analyse how the experiences of a character have influenced their health and well being. Students explain how homelessness often has underlying root causes that require acknowledgement in order for the issue to be effectively addressed.

Key ideas to explore:

  • There are a number of unique causes and consequences of youth homelessness.
  • Homelessness can adversely affect young people on a day-to-day and long-term basis.
  • There are many influences in the formation of a person’s identity.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Content descriptions: 

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)
  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and well being of diverse communities (ACPPS098)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.

Syllabus OutcomesPDHPE5.1, PDHPE5.2, PDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.11, PDHPE5.12, PDHPE5.16, PDHPE5.13.

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of workTHE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 60 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. ‘My Influences’ mind-map, Future Wheel graphic organiser.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS, community development, stereotypes.

Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with English Teachers Association NSW and the ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

alley-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand some of the influences on a person’s identity. They will analyse the impact that homelessness can have on a person’s health and well being. Students will acknowledge some of the deeper causes and consequences of homelessness by assessing the personal circumstances of a number of young people.

Teacher content information: This lesson is based on THE OASIS documentary, which raises awareness of youth homelessness, celebrates the resilience of young people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia and empowers the next generation of young people to take action to prevent youth homelessness in the future.

Young people often become homeless because of family breakdown, often stemming from parental conflicts or a collapse of their relationship with a husband/wife or partner. Some young people who are living independently become homeless because they can’t afford living expenses such as rent. Being homeless is uns

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: “[People] think [a young person from The Oasis] is some sort of feral person that is beyond redemption, beyond hope and you forget that behind the behaviour is a person, and behind that person is a journey that has led them to that point” – Captain Paul Moulds

There are many circumstances, people and experiences that shape a person, their identity and their current situation.

1. Reflect on some of the major circumstances, people and experiences that have influenced you and your life so far and to add them to the top seven lines on the My Influences mind-map.

Here's an example you could refer to:

my influences filled in

2. For each person or situation that you have placed on your mind map, write a corresponding outcome on the seven bottom lines. Your outcome should refer to how the situation you listed on the top line has influenced your personality or identity.

3. Watch part 3 and 4 of THE OASIS. Before you start watching, choose a character to follow to fill out a Future Wheel for.

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