Activity Introduction

paul mouldsQuick summary: Students carry out their planned social action and reflect on what they have learned and achieved throughout their social action project. They record their action in photographs or video, so that they can exhibit their project and the results that they were able to achieve. This is the third 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 capabilitiesCritical 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: 120 minutes (plus time required to carry out each project)

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate discussion, oversee student projects and the coordination of student’s project exhibition.

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 Vimeo

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities. Using ICT to communicate. Using ICT to display thinking.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Home, homelessness, youth, health, wellbeing, The Oasis, social action, community, project.

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


Teacher Worksheet

trent, emma and destinyTeacher 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 lesson. 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 not necessarily need to rem

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps" - Confucius

Time to get going!

Now it's time to carry out your plan. Check in regularly with each other about where each individual is at with their assigned task, the challenges that they’re facing and how you can troubleshoot together to overcome those challenges.

Use your project plan from the previous lesson to ensure that you plot your project to completion and carry out each of the required actions.

Remember, too, to record each action taken throughout your project (in photographs, for instance) - you will use these records to display your learning, as well as the achievements you've made both individually and as a group throughout the span of your project.


Reflect on your project and the steps that you took in order to see it through to completion.

You could present your reflection in a number of different ways, including a journal, a project

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