Quick summary: Students watch Part 8 of THE OASIS and identify the social and emotional challenges that young people experiencing homelessness face. Students empathise with a character’s experience of homelessness by assuming his or her persona, creating a Facebook profile and feed based on the perspective of their chosen character. Students complete a series of questions reflecting on the emotional toll that being homeless takes.
Key ideas to explore:
- Homelessness can impact on an individual’s health and well being.
- Students examine a more realistic view of homelessness.
- There are ways to effectively address and challenge negative stereotypes about youth homelessness.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Learning Area: Health and Physical Education
- Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)
- Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.
Syllabus Outcomes: PDHPE5.1, PDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.11, PDHPE5.13, PDHPE5.16.
Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues
Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE
Time required: 60 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. Facebook template.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS, community development, social, emotional, well being, health, Facebook, profile.
Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with English Teachers Association NSW and the ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.