Activity Introduction


Subjects: English 

Year Levels: Years 7 & 8

Topics: Sustainability, hope, community, rebuilding, resilience. 

Time required: 60 mins.

Quick summary: 

In this English lesson, students will work together to establish a shared definition of hope before exploring a range of different individuals and groups who have evoked hope in a range of ways. Through their research, students develop an understanding of the power of hope to rebuild a community, create social impact, or create a more resilient country. The class are encouraged to have group conversations and articulate their personal understanding of hope within the given context.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand the importance hope has in a resilient community.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingCultural UnderstandingEmpathyTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 7 English:

  •  Compare the ways that language and images are used to create a character, and to influence emotions and opinions in different types of texts (ACELT1621).

Year 8 English:

  • Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts (ACELT1807).

Syllabus outcomes: EN4-8D.

General capabilities: Literacy, Intercultural Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards:

Students explain issues and ideas from a variety of sources, analysing supporting evidence and implied meaning. They select specific details from texts to develop their own response, recognising that texts reflect different viewpoints. They listen for and explain different perspectives in texts.

Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards:

Students select evidence from the text to show how events, situations and people can be represented from different viewpoints. They listen for and identify different emphases in texts, using that understanding to elaborate on discussions.

Topic: Disaster and Resilience 

Unit of work: Minderoo Fire and Flood

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – the teacher must facilitate class discussion.

Resources required:

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Students require access to devices, to complete research online via the curated list of websites
  • Whiteboard to collate class discussion.

Keywords: Hope, resilience, discussion, community, rebuild, disaster, social impact.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Minderoo_lesson_frameTeacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • …understand the importance hope has in a resilient community.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • …establish a definition of hope
  • …identify where hope is represented in texts
  • …acknowledge the power of hope in a resilient community
  • ...have group conversations and articulate their personal understanding of hope within the given context. 

Teacher content information:

Handling Sensitive Topics:

While presenting the lesson, you may notice that students could develop heightened emotions as you uncover the physical and psychological effects of hazards and disasters. Resilience, rebuilding and hope are essential learnings from the lessons. Therefore, it is vital to create a psychologically safe place for students to discuss and debrief, shall they need to. The tasks can be activating for some students and could trigger old memories that some students may find challenging to revisit or process. You should direct stu

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Student Worksheet

Thought-starter: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

1. Use the below space to reflect on what hope means for you:

What is hope?

2. What is your class definition of hope?


3. Choose five of the following individuals or organisations from the list below to research and then complete the fact sheet table on the following page for organisation/person.

Individual  Organisation
  1. Celeste Barber: Celeste Barber fundraiser bushfires: Over $50 million raised for firefighters
  2. Marcia Langton: Who is Marcia Langton? The powerful woman behind the facade | Australian Women's Weekly
  3. Mick Dodson: Mick Dodson - Students | Britannica Kids | Homework Help
  4. Noel Pearson:
  5. June Oscar: Oscar, June - Woman - The Australian Women's Register
  6. Nova Peris:
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