Quick summary: This lesson allows students to explore some of the factors that can influence drug and alcohol use, and then subsequently, how drug and alcohol use can affect our relationships and health and wellbeing. Students begin by participating in a scenario-based activity to explore the role of emotions in our decision making, considering the perspective and emotional experience that different people may have. Using clips from Life After The Oasis, students will think critically about the relationship between drug and alcohol use and health and wellbeing. Students will also have the opportunity to consider how personal strengths can be used to manage challenges and overcome adversity, contributing to improved health and wellbeing.
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 their understanding of factors that contribute to drug and alcohol use.
- Students reflect on the impact that drug and alcohol addiction can have on individuals.
- Students explore how personal strengths can be used to manage challenges.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Health and Physical Education Year 9 and 10
- Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.13.
Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations.
Topic: Social Issues
Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – HPE
Time required: 80 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 – teacher copy (Optional). Emotions Scenario – one per group. Character Strengths Cards – one set per group. Character Strengths Factsheet (printed one per student or projected).
Keywords: homeless, youth, drugs, alcohol, addiction, relationships, empathy, homelessness, personal strengths, challenges, 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.