Quick summary: This lesson will encourage students to explore their beliefs about happiness, and the various factors that contribute to their own happiness. They will explore the benefits of helping others as a source of intrinsic happiness that in turn supports the needs of others. Students will ascertain the innate strengths a person has that can be harnessed to support the needs of others and act as an agent for change to support the health and wellbeing of others. Finally, students will work in small groups to develop an action plan to address the needs of youth in their local community.
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 explore character strengths that can be used to support others.
- Students develop an action plan to advocate for change.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Health and Physical Education Year 9 and 10
Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)
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: 120+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in class discussion, guide students in project planning and implementation.
Resources required: Student Worksheets — one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Handling Sensitive Topics And Controversial Issues Factsheet (Optional). Sticky Notes — at least 10 per student. Character Strengths Cards — one set per group. Health And Wellbeing Statistics Poster — one per group. SMART Goals Factsheet (Optional). Project Planning Tool — one per student.
Keywords: homelessness, homeless, happiness, personal strengths, youth, advocate, change, intrinsic, extrinsic, motivation, reward, 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.