Quick summary: This lesson presents students with some basic facts and figures regarding what poverty in Australia looks like and how a range of people may experience it. It will also introduce the number and percentage of people, such as children, who live in poverty, as well as some solutions that would reduce poverty. In small teams, students discuss their ideas about the likely or possible impacts of poverty on different people in the community. They then use elements of the persuasive text to structure and compose an orally delivered argument for reducing poverty in Australian communities.
- Students will understand what poverty is and that poverty exists in Australia
- Students will gain awareness of different groups of people in our community who are more likely to be in poverty at different times of their lives
- Students work together to create a simple argument for reducing poverty for a particular group of people and present this verbally to the class.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 English:
- Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)
- Plan and deliver short presentations, providing some key details in logical sequence (ACELY1677)
Year 4 English:
- Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use the information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations incorporating learned content and taking into account the particular purposes and audiences (ACELY1689).
Syllabus outcomes: EN2-4A, EN2-2A, EN2-7B, EN2-9B, EN2-12E
General capabilities: Literacy, Creative and Critical Thinking, Ethical Understanding
Relevant parts of Year 3 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 3, students understand how language can be used to express feelings and opinions on topics. They contribute actively to class and group discussions, asking questions and providing useful feedback and making presentations, and they create a range of texts for familiar and unfamiliar audiences.
Relevant parts of Year 4 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 4, students understand how to express an opinion based on information in a text. They contribute actively to class and group discussions, varying language according to context and they use language features to create coherence and add detail to their texts. Students create structured texts to explain ideas for different audiences.
Topic: Poverty and Inequality in Australia
Time required: 110 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – present introductory PowerPoint; organise small group discussions and facilitate a whole-class discussion.
- A device capable of presenting video, data and a PowerPoint to the class
- Community Cards and Questions – (to be cut out and given out to each group)
- PowerPoint presentation: The Facts about Poverty in Australia (provided).
Keywords: poverty, inequality, Australia, community, health.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.