Quick summary: In this lesson students will explore what trauma is, and the emotions that people experience when faced with traumatic and challenging circumstances. They will investigate a fictional moral dilemma and the impact that their choices have on their own and others’ health, wellbeing and identity. Students will watch and analyse ‘Chris’ Story’ from the Life After The Oasis documentary and explore the impact that childhood trauma can have on an individual’s sense of belonging, connectedness and their relationships. They will be given the opportunity to reflect on their understandings of childhood trauma, belonging, connectedness and relationships using a Headlines Thinking Routine.
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 understand the concept of trauma and explain how it can affect a person’s identity, health and wellbeing
- Students understand the impact of their choices on their own and others’ health, wellbeing and identity.
- Students understand the ongoing impact that intergenerational trauma can have.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Health and Physical Education Year 9 and 10
- Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
- Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.1, PDHPE5.13.
Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours
Topic: Social Issues
Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – HPE
Time required: 90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
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). Post-it-notes or four small pieces of paper for each student. A3 sized Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships Table – one per group. Emotions List – one per student (Optional).
Keywords: homeless, homelessness, youth, childhood, family, drugs, alcohol, addiction, trauma, intergenerational trauma, health, wellbeing, identity, relationships, 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.