Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will be exploring the STOP the Coward Punch Campaign VIFM Research Update 2019 to determine the elements of data they find most interesting. Students will choose a form, audience, contention and purpose, and plan and craft a text seeking to communicate the dangers of the coward punch to their communities.

Coward Punch logo​​The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. ​​This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.


Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the key findings from the data about coward punches
  • Students understand their role in making change in their community.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCreative ThinkingDigital Literacy

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 9 English:

  • Understand how punctuation is used along with layout and font variations in constructing texts for different audiences and purposes (ACELA1556)
  • Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (ACELY1744)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)

Year 10 English:

  • Understand how paragraphs and images can be arranged for different purposes, audiences, perspectives and stylistic effects (ACELA1567)
  • Use organisation patterns, voice and language conventions to present a point of view on a subject, speaking clearly, coherently and with effect, using logic, imagery and rhetorical devices to engage audiences (ACELY1813)
  • Use comprehension strategies to compare and contrast information within and between texts, identifying and analysing embedded perspectives, and evaluating supporting evidence (ACELY1754)
  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A, EN5-3B 

General capabilities: Literacy, Numeracy 

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: 

Students evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own interpretations. Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: 

Students develop and justify their own interpretations of texts. They evaluate other interpretations, analysing the evidence used to support them. Students create a wide range of texts to articulate complex ideas.

Topic: Social Issues

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: English – Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 120+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, support students in the production of their text, set up the text walk.

Resources required:

Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours

Keywords: coward punch, research, podcast, poster, commercial, letter to the editor, text walk, gallery walk

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand the key findings from the data about the coward punch
  • … understand their role in making change in their community.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … read and interpret research data
  • … use data to inform their own texts
  • … craft a text to communicate a specific purpose for an audience.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and survivors for life. The STOP the Coward Punch campaign began in 2012 to raise awareness of the devastating impact of this scourge in our society. It aims to educate people about the risks, so they don’t make a choice they’ll reg

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Student Worksheet

Coward Punch - Communicating Data

Learning intentions: You will...

  • … understand the key findings from the data about the coward punch
  • … understand your role in making change in your community.

Success criteria: You can…

  • … read and interpret research data
  • … use data to inform their own texts
  • … craft a text to communicate a specific purpose for an audience.

Coward Punch Data

1. List everything you know about the coward punch:


Planning A Pitch

2. Looking through the STOP the Coward Punch campaign VIFM Research Update 2019, what three pieces of information do you think are the most interesting or important to communicate to your audience.

Write your chosen audience here:



3. Consider what method of communication would be best suited to your chosen audience. Below is a list of suggestions, but you are welcome to come up with your own:

  • Poster to display around the school or community
  • A podcast
  • An interview (wri
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