Quick summary: Students will think critically about their own community and the change that they would like to make within it. Over several sessions, students will work in groups to plan and deliver an action project to make positive change in their community. They will reflect on the process, as well as their growth and learning. Students will present their learning in a public arena, such as an assembly, or creating a video and publishing it.
This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.
- How can we make a positive change in the community?
- What do we need to do to plan and deliver a project?
- What are the benefits of completing a social action project?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Work Studies
- Explain how the application of entrepreneurial behaviours can address a range of work and community challenges and provide benefits personally and to the community (ACWSCL011)
- Practise the skills and attributes underpinning entrepreneurial behaviours (ACWSCL012)
Year 10 Work Studies
- Complete an action project utilising entrepreneurial behaviours to address an identified challenge or opportunity (ACWSCL031)
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students plan and implement strategies to improve their learning and strengthen their individual learning skills. Students research and analyse information, organise teams, and communicate effectively using appropriate types of communications in a given context. They practise entrepreneurial skills and attributes and propose actions in response to identified work and community challenges.
Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students apply entrepreneurial skills to plan, implement and complete a negotiated action project. Students evaluate their findings, propose actions, make recommendations and present these to an audience of stakeholders.
Topic: Enterprise Learning
Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies
Time required: To be determined, based on the scope and requirements of student’s social action projects.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website/online video to the class, 10 sheets of butcher’s paper, textas, Online stopwatch, Project Planning Tool (one per group), ‘How might we’ question template, World Cafe instructions for hosts, Project Checklist, small prize for work well done (optional).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Social action, volunteerism, community service, community engagement, entrepreneurial behaviours, collaboration, project.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.