Quick summary: This lesson facilitates students in the examination of the effect that different events and influences have upon the personal circumstances of individuals. Students reflect upon the experiences and circumstances that have shaped them personally by completing an influences mind map. Parts 3 and 4 of THE OASIS are then viewed, and students track a character, noting the personal circumstances that are influential throughout their story. Students then complete a Future Wheel to analyse how the experiences of a character have influenced their health and well being. Students explain how homelessness often has underlying root causes that require acknowledgement in order for the issue to be effectively addressed.
Key ideas to explore:
- There are a number of unique causes and consequences of youth homelessness.
- Homelessness can adversely affect young people on a day-to-day and long-term basis.
- There are many influences in the formation of a person’s identity.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Learning Area: Health and Physical Education
- Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
- Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)
- Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and well being of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
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. ‘My Influences’ mind-map, Future Wheel graphic organiser.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS, community development, stereotypes.
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.