Quick summary: In this lesson, students complete a 3-2-1 Bridge visible thinking routine to establish their understanding of the issue of youth homelessness. They view a short clip featuring Owen, a young man who experienced homelessness in his childhood. Students will create a set of questions about the topic of affordable housing, then build a deeper understanding of the topic by reading articles and factsheets. They will draw conclusions about the impact of affordable housing, and share their reasoning with their classmates before reflecting on their new understanding of the issue of youth homelessness by completing the second part of the 3-2-1 Bridge visible 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 impact that government policy can have on social issues.
- Students understand that youth homelessness is a complex social issue.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship
- The process through which government policy is shaped and developed, including the role of Prime Minister and Cabinet (ACHCK103)
- Develop, select and evaluate a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems (ACHCS082)
- Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS089)
Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life. When researching, students analyse a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance and reliability. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues.
Topic: Social Issues
Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – Civics & Citizenship
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 (Optional). A4 paper (optional – one piece per student). Enough web-enabled devices for one between two students. Strongly Agree/Strongly Disagree Signs (printed).
Keywords: Youth homelessness, affordable housing, government policy, society, 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.