Quick summary: In this lesson, students will develop their viewpoints on violence through the use of judgement lines, an excerpt analysis, and a logo analysis to build their understanding of how significant the act of punching another person can be.
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 will reflect on their own perspectives on violence
- Students will identify different viewpoints on violence in written and visual texts
- Students will understand the impacts of physical violence, including coward punches, on the individual and society.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 English:
- Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1619)
Syllabus outcomes: EN4-8D
General capabilities: Literacy
Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards:
Students demonstrate understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary affects meaning. Students listen for and explain different perspectives in texts.
Topic: Social Issues
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: English – Years 7 to 10.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – the teacher needs to organise pairs and groups and facilitate class discussion.
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Excerpt from The Outsiders (Chapter 9) – one copy per student
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours
Keywords: coward punch, The Outsiders, Ponyboy Curtis, violence, fighting, rumble, stop, sign analysis, symbolism, reflection, judgement lines
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