Activity Introduction

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.

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 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: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingEmpathyEthical Understanding

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

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.

Resources required:

  • 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand what constitutes dignified and undignified behaviour
  • … understand that all people should be treated with dignity in our communities
  • … learn to see behind stereotyping to unpack the real issues behind coward punches
  • … understand their role in preventing coward punches.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify dignified and undignified behaviours, such as ‘coward punches’
  • … share their own thoughts on how to help reduce the incidents of ‘coward punches’.

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 campai

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Student Worksheet

Coward Punch - Staying Dignified

Learning intentions: You will...

  • … understand what constitutes dignified and undignified behaviour
  • … understand that all people should be treated with dignity in our communities
  • … learn to see behind stereotyping to unpack the real issues behind coward punches
  • … understand your role in preventing coward punches.

Success criteria: You can…

  • … identify dignified and undignified behaviours, such as ‘coward punches’
  • … share your own thoughts on how to help reduce the incidents of ‘coward punches’.

Defining Dignified And Undignified Behaviour

1. Write your own definition of 'dignity':

2. Write your own definition of 'undignified':

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Responding With Dignity

3. Write down a dignified and undignified response for each scenario:

Scenario Dignified response Undignified response
Your parents decide to take your phone away from you because you haven’t done your chores. You respond to this by….
Someone sends a
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