Activity Introduction

In this lesson, students explore the concept and act of forgiveness. They begin by thinking about and recording their own thoughts about forgiveness. They then read and view a range of texts (including IMAGI-NATION{TV} interviews) that explore contemporary and historical acts of forgiveness relating to the apartheid system. Students then prepare a reflective piece based on the following question: Does to forgive mean to forget?

Find all the IMAGI-NATION{TV} episodes on AIME’s YouTube channel.

Time required: 60+ minutes

Tips for Teachers

Important: Because many of the things you will be discussing in this lesson involve personal experiences and feelings, it’s a good idea to work with students to set some ground rules for sharing ideas and feelings. Use this to guide you: Handling Sensitive Topics and Issues Factsheet. Be mindful that, while this is a case study in South African Apartheid, other cultures may identify with the themes in this lesson, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Other students may also be struggling with forgiveness for various reasons. It is important that teachers subtly monitor the welfare and wellbeing of all students during this lesson and for a couple of weeks afterwards to make sure they are feeling safe and able to cope with the content raised in this lesson.

Learning Intentions:

  • Students understand what forgiveness means
  • Students understand the value of forgiveness
  • Students understand some of the key features of the apartheid system.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 9 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (ACELY1744)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (ACELY1747)

Year 10 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to compare and contrast information within and between texts, identifying and analysing embedded perspectives, and evaluating supporting evidence (ACELY1754)
  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
  • Review, edit and refine students’ own and others’ texts for control of content, organisation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and/or visual features to achieve particular purposes and effects (ACELY1757)

Resources Required

Background Information

AIME created IMAGI-NATION{TV} & the IMAGI-NATION{CLASSROOM} experience to put a mentor in the home every day during the tough times of COVID-19 and beyond. It’s a daily TV show broadcast live on the internet, and it’s a gift for teachers, parents and kids to help make sense of today and imagine tomorrow.

The pursuit is to elevate knowledge; every guest we bring on knows something and has wisdom to share. This show is not just about entertainment to pass the time. We want to remake the mould for the modern hero – from beauty to brains, from selfies to self-knowledge, from hashtags to hope. IMAGI-NATION{TV} is seeking to unlock the best in every single one of us; to inspire a generation of heroes in the form of mentors who fight for a fairer world.

AIME logo This lesson has been developed in partnership with AIME. AIME is an Imagination Factory that since 2005, has been creating pop-up Imagination Factories on university campuses around the world to unlock the internal narrative of marginalised kids, taking them from a world that tells them they can’t to a world that tells them they can. Kids who experience the Imagination Factory have gone on to achieve educational parity, rise up as entrepreneurs, and take on a whole new mindset that prepares them for success.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand what forgiveness means
  • ... understand the value of forgiveness
  • ... understand some of the key features of the apartheid system.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … critically reflect on their own ideas and beliefs
  • … reflect on the role of forgiveness
  • … create a reflective piece
  • … work independently and collaboratively.

Teacher content information:


AIME was founded in 2005 to bring mentors into the lives of kids left behind. Since then they’ve grown to become global experts in mentoring - being awarded one of the top 50 education groups in the world in 2019.

AIME created IMAGI-NATION{TV} & the IMAGI-NATION{CLASSROOM} experience to bring mentors into schools and homes every day during the tough times of COVID-19 and beyond. IMAGI-NATION{TV} is a daily TV show broadcast on the Internet and co-hosted by school kids around the world. It brings high-quality mentors into

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Student Worksheet

Forgiving the Unforgivable - Activity Instructions

Learning Intentions

  • You will understand what forgiveness means
  • You will understand the value of forgiveness
  • You will understand some of the key features of the apartheid system.

Success Criteria

  • You can critically reflect on your own ideas and beliefs
  • You can reflect on the role of forgiveness
  • You can create a reflective piece
  • You can work independently and collaboratively.

Activating Prior Knowledge

1. Work independently to think about the term or act of forgiveness and record the following:

Three thoughts/ideas


Two questions


One metaphor/simile



Exploring Forgiveness In History

2. Read through the Apartheid Factsheet and record your answers to the following points. You can discuss your ideas in pairs, however, each student is responsible for recording their own answers in their own words:

•  Briefly describe the system of apartheid in your own words: 

•  What is inter

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