Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students are introduced to the topic of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. They establish their prior knowledge about organ and tissue donation through a group brainstorming activity, then watch a short clip from the documentary film Dying to Live. Students reflect on the clip and frame two questions they have about the topic, which they then use to direct their independent research. Students will share what they discover with their peers in a group discussion.

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.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand more about organ and tissue donation.
  • Students will be able to frame questions about a challenging issue.
  • Students will be able to use an online source to find answers to their questions.
  • Students will be able to present information about organ and tissue donation to their peers.

21st century skills: 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 9 English

  • Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes, for example to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways (ACELY1740
  • 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

Year 10 English

  • Identify and explore the purposes and effects of different text structures and language features of spoken texts, and use this knowledge to create purposeful texts that inform, persuade and engage (ACELY1750
  • 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

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-2A, EN5-3BENLS-10BENLS-12C, ENLS-13C

General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical understanding

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own interpretations. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students explain different viewpoints, attitudes and perspectives through the development of cohesive and logical arguments. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, building on others’ ideas, solving problems, justifying opinions and developing and expanding arguments.

Topic: Social Issues, Learning Through Film

Unit of work: Dying to Live – English – Year 9 & 10

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Sticky notes (enough for 4–5 per student). Web-enabled device (one per pair of students). Butcher’s paper and markers.

Related Professional Development: Exploring General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding

Keywords: Organ and tissue donation, changing minds, ethics, health, wellbeing, social issues, question posing, research, group discussion, 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • ...understand more about organ and tissue donation.
  • ...be able to frame questions about a challenging issue.
  • ...be able to use an online source to find answers to their questions.
  • ...be able to present information about organ and tissue donation to their peers.

Success criteria:

Students can…

  • ...know about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
  • ...read and comprehend information from an online source.
  • ...present information about a new topic with clarity.

Teacher content information: Organ and tissue donation are not always easy topics for discussion. However, with an average of 1,500 Australians on the transplant waiting list, increasing rates of donation is vitally important: a donation can both save and improve lives.

Although the majority of Australians (69%) are generally willing to become organ and/or tissue donors, only 1 in 3 have registered to become donors. And because families hav

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Organ and tissue donation can save and transform the lives of Australians who receive a transplant.

1. After watching Kate’s Story, draw a facial expression that reflects how you’re feeling. Then respond to the following prompts in each thought bubble.

  • What three words describe your thoughts and/or feelings after viewing the Dying to Live clip?
  • List the people/groups that are affected by Kate's situation of being on the waiting list. 

 

 

2. Use this space to make notes about what you find out about organ and tissue donation and transplantation during your research:


3. Use this space to note down what you learn from your classmates about organ and tissue donation and transplantation:

 

Reflection

Work independently to think through the issues relating to organ and tissue donation and transplantation that you looked at in this lesson, and respond to the following:

I used to think...

Now I think...

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