Quick summary: Students understand that there are many challenging factors that come with being homeless, one in particular being financial stability. Students identify how an individual can find himself or herself in financial crisis by looking at some basic costs associated with living on the street for a night. Students identify the financial and emotional costs faced by the characters of THE OASIS as they watch Part 6 and 7. Students then research opportunities that are available for people experiencing homelessness in their state.
Key ideas to explore:
- Students understand that homelessness is often severely impacted by an individual’s financial resources.
- Students explore options for accessing support in their state.
- Students evaluate the impact that financial stress can have on emotional well being.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Learning Area: Health and Physical Education
- Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and well being of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
- Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and well being may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
- Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)
Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues
Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE
Time required: 90 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, access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo, Pyramid reflection tool.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, community development, THE OASIS, financial, priority, health, well being.
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.