Activity Introduction

This lesson is designed to be completed independently by students. 

Students will consider how COVID-19 is impacting their life. They will read a short article from The Conversation about coping with anxiety caused by the stress of COVID-19. Students will read through the article and complete a set of analytical questions to initiate their ideas. Next they will analyse an image and text from the article to understand the actions which may be unhelpful to them. They will complete a sensory activity and will work towards completing a reflective writing piece to explore their feelings and thoughts on the current situation. Finally, they will complete a reflection activity that will encourage them to focus on their mental health.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 9 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (ACELY1744)
  • Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (ACELY1745)

Year 10 English

  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)

General capabilities: Literacy.

Background information

We are living through unprecedented times and our lives have been forced to change almost overnight as a result of COVID-19. Understanding how past pandemics have impacted the world will allow us to have a greater understanding of COVID-19.

Tips for Parents and Carers

Students can feel a range of emotional responses when researching and discussing COVID-19. If you need further support for students please refer to: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/

Resources Required

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in a remote or school settings.

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Conversation. The Conversation’s mission is to be known as a prominent and trusted publisher of new thinking and evidence-based research, editorially independent and free of commercial or political bias. The Conversation hopes teachers will use their content as a source of truthful information, and that teachers can show their students the importance of trusted, evidence-based information in understanding the world around them and making informed decisions about their actions. Please follow the republishing guidelines when using The Conversation’s articles.

 

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

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Keeping Anxiety At Bay During COVID-19 - Activity Instructions

Learning intentions:

  • You will understand causes of anxiety and actions to support a positive response to anxiety
  • You will create a reflective writing piece exploring your feelings, thoughts and actions on COVID-19 to support your mental health.

Success criteria:

  • You can explain why certain words and images are chosen to portray meaning.
  • You identify actions that will support your mental health.
  • You can reflect and express how you feel about your current situation in the form of a letter.

READ THE CONVERSATION ARTICLE BELOW

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety

Louise Stone, Australian National University and Katrina McLean, Bond University

One of our patients was recently talking about her anxiety around the coronavirus epidemic. This woman’s stress was understandable. She had survived a serious infection with swine flu, but only with a prolonged stay in intensive care

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