Quick summary: In this lesson, students will examine what constitutes dignified and undignified behaviours, as well as reasonable and dignified responses to situations that could otherwise lead to violence. Students will work together to create a class dignity agreement.
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.
- Students understand what constitutes dignified and undignified behaviour
- Students understand that all people should be treated with dignity
- Students understand their role in creating a dignified culture in their classroom.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Civics and Citizenship:
- How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society (ACHCK052)
- Critically analyse information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS056)
Syllabus outcomes: N/A
General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards:
Students explain the diverse nature of Australian society and identify the importance of shared values in promoting a cohesive society. They identify ways they can be active and informed citizens.
Topic: Social Issues
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: Civics and Citizenship – Years 7 to 10.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teacher will need to facilitate discussions and support activities.
- Device capable of presenting videos to the class
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours
Keywords: coward punch, violence, dignity, dignified, undignified, behaviour, response, class agreement
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.