Activity Introduction

paul mouldsQuick summary: This lesson emphasises student voice and choice and scaffolds the process of identifying a problem or issue, forming an inquiry question around the issue, and taking action to address the issue. Students apply the knowledge and understanding they have gained throughout the Finding Out section of this unit to identify and address one of the social issues that lies within the broader issue of youth homelessness. They are given the opportunity to remember the sections of THE OASIS that affected them, then name the issues that are raised in the documentary. Students frame the issues as questions to be responded to, then help each other to think about an action that could be taken to address the issue. Students then form project groups based on common interests, with a view to planning and delivering a social action project. This is the first of three Social Action Project lessons, all of which provide a framework for developing, planning and carrying out social action.

Key ideas to explore:

  • Homelessness is an issue that can be faced by young people.
  • The reasons that young people experience homelessness are varied.
  • The issue of homelessness is multi-faceted and complicated.
  • Students have the ability to make positive change in their own world.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Content descriptions: 

  • Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments (ACPPS097)
  • Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy. 

Syllabus Outcomes: PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.9, PDHPE5.14.

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 90 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion as well as peer-to-peer and self assessment.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on or mindmeister (if desired). Coloured A4 paper, Blu-Tack, butcher’s paper and sticky-notes. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities. Using ICT to communicate. Using ICT to display thinking (web 2.0 thinking tools).

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS, social awareness, social action, project.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

kenTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students understand that they are capable of taking action to address the social issues that exist in their world.

Teacher content information: Student voice and choice is key in this series of Social Action lessons. Students will identify a social issue that they would like to address, brainstorm how they are going to address the issue, plan a social action project and carry out the social action. Enabling students to take social action will engage them more deeply in the learning process - they focus on the issues that the class has been exploring throughout the unit and take ownership of their learning. This social action project will also encourage students to connect with and create change in their local and broader community, and creates excellent opportunities for students to develop real-world skills. Most importantly, the social action section of this unit enables students to develop the understanding that the status quo does no

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” - H. Stanely Judd

1. Have a look at this lesson's thought starter...

In light of the sentiment above, this lesson guides you and your group in thinking about and planning for your social action project.

Identify each task to be carried out as part of your social action project. Some of the things you might need to do are:

  • Gain a better understanding of the social issue (online research/ask an expert, etc.)
  • Think about websites that could be used for the action being taken (e.g. GetUp!,
  • Figure out how to obtain the resources needed
  • Seek any permissions required (school/parents/class, etc.)
  • Identify any rehearsal required and allocate time for it
  • Plan to record action taken using film/photography (This is important so that you can display your achievements later!)
  • Identify letters/information etc that needs to be written

If you're plan

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