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.
- 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
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
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.