Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson explores the understandings that young people have about homelessness and identifies the various factors that contribute to a person becoming homeless. Students will work in small groups, completing a Think, Pair, Share visible thinking routine to share their understanding, while developing explanation and reasoning skills. They will then watch the opening scene of Life After The Oasis documentary, to help highlight the factors associated with youth homelessness, investigating health data about the current state of youth homelessness in Australia.

Life After The Oasis is a 75 minute documentary that explores the issues, interventions and mindsets associated with youth homelessness in Australia. The film revisits characters and stories from the original 2008 documentary The Oasis and how opportunities and experiences have shaped their lives over the last ten years. Find out how to screen or view the film here.

Warning: The documentary and the clips contained in this lesson, contains explicit language, images of drug use and confronting scenes and may upset some viewers. Teachers should use their personal discretion when showing the documentary. This resource deals with the rising problem of youth homelessness and its associated social and personal issues. There may be students in your class who have experienced some of the issues discussed. You are encouraged to arrive at a set of agreements and ground rules for discussion with your class about the best way to approach the issues being covered in a way that recognises the dignity of our fellow classmates. Click here for tips on setting ground rules for class discussions and here for advice on how to handle sensitive topics and controversial issues in your classroom.

Learning intentions:

  • Students develop reasoning and explanation skills.
  • Students explore the various perspectives that people have about homelessness.
  • Students understand the various factors that contribute to homelessness.
  • Students access and analyse health data, to understand the current state of youth homelessness in Australia.

21st century skills:

  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Health and Physical Education Year 9 and 10

  • Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8

General capabilities: LiteracyEthical UnderstandingPersonal and social capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards:  Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations

Topic: Social Issues

Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – HPE

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate class discussion and swap card activity.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Handling Sensitive Topics And Controversial Issues Factsheet – teacher copy (Optional),  Large piece of paper/butchers paper – one per group, Statistics Share Cards – printed and cut out.

Keywords: homeless, homelessness, youth, statistics, risk factors, Think-Pair-Share, perspectives, health information, credible sources, The Oasis

Shark Island Productions and Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of The Caledonia Foundation to the development of these resources.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ... 

  • ... develop reasoning and explanation skills.
  • ... explore the various perspectives that people have about homelessness.
  • ... understand the various factors that contribute to homelessness.
  • ... access and analyse health data, to better understand the state of homelessness in Australia.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explore the beliefs about homelessness from various perspectives.
  • ... identify the key themes associated with homelessness.
  • ... identify some of the factors that contribute to homelessness.
  • ... locate and interpret health information about homelessness from credible and reliable sources.

Teacher content information: On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are experiencing homelessness. This alarming statistic raises many questions about homelessness in Australia and what is being done by government and non-government institutions to combat the problem. The Australian Bureau

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Homelessness is not just for the Government to solve. Homelessness is everyone’s responsibility.

Think Pair Share

What do you already think, feel and know about homelessness? Work independently to record your thoughts in Column A of the table below.

  Column A - Your initial ideas Column B - Any new ideas following your discussion with a classmate
What do you already think, feel and know about homelessness?

Once complete, turn to a partner to share and discuss your ideas. You can then add any new ideas to Column B of the table.

Finally, prepare to share your ideas with the class through a class discussion.

See, Think, Feel Wonder

Complete the See, Think, Feel, Wonder questions below to reflect on the opening scene of the Life After The Oasis clip:

SEE - What do you SEE in this scene about homelessness?

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THINK - What does this scene make you THINK about homelessness?

FEEL - How does this scene make you FEEL about homelessness?

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