Quick summary: Students will be introduced to the story of seven year old Zaidee and her father Allan from the documentary film Dying to Live. Zaidee’s sudden death changed not only the life of her family, but also the lives of the 7 people who received her donated organs and tissues. Students will investigate issues concerning deceased organ and tissue donation and conduct research to determine if claims have scientific grounding, and make recommendations on specific topics. Students will also address common misconceptions about organ and tissue donation.
Dying To Live is a documentary feature film that examines organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Australia through seven different stories that highlight the social, physical and emotional effects of being on the organ donor waiting list. The film also aims to dispel myths about organ and tissue donation while encouraging family conversations so that family members are aware of their loved ones’ donation intentions. Find out how to screen or view the film here.
- Students are able to recall the general process of organ and tissue donation.
- Students understand the benefits of organ and tissue donation, and investigate issues, misconceptions and ethics.
- Students are able to communicate an issue effectively to deliver an important message about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Science
- Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment (ACSSU175)
- People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE160)
- Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174)
Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: They analyse how biological systems function and respond to external changes with reference to interdependencies, energy transfers and flows of matter. They describe social and technological factors that have influenced scientific developments and predict how future applications of science and technology may affect people’s lives. They evaluate others’ methods and explanations from a scientific perspective and use appropriate language and representations when communicating their findings and ideas to specific audiences.
Topic: Social Issues, Learning Through Film
Unit of work: Dying to Live – Science – Year 9
Time required: 70 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium to low – the body of this lesson has students working in groups and conducting independent research related to their chosen claim. The teacher will need to support groups where necessary and lead students through the introduction and reflection components.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Student device connected to the internet to conduct further research. Claims Research Links. Claims Research Worksheet – printed or electronic copy for each group (optional).
Related Professional Development: Exploring General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding
Keywords: Body systems, Organ transplant, transplantation, tissue transplant, Organ and tissue donation, research task, ethics, Dying to Live
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Cool Australia, Aquarius Productions and Intrinsic Story would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, and Documentary Australia Foundation in the development of these teaching resources.