Quick summary: In this lesson students synthesise what they have learned from the Stories of Chasing Asylum unit and develop a plan for taking action to address the issues that have been identified throughout. Students will work in groups to select an issue that is important to them, then brainstorm an idea for action. Next, they collaboratively plan their action project and execute this plan. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon the success of their project and their role in planning and executing the project.
Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies through the personal accounts of people seeking asylum and whistleblowers who tried to work within the system. To watch the documentary, stream it on Kanopy and Clickview or purchase the DVD at the ATOM Education Shop.
- Students will recognise the range of issues relevant to those seeking asylum, particularly in Australia.
- Students will recognise that human rights and social justice are core in issues relating to seeking asylum.
- Students will understand that there are many different ways to take action around this issue.
- Students will identify ways to take action around this issue at their school or in their community.
- Students will understand the processes and steps required for planning and executing a social action project.
21st Century Skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
This lesson concludes the Stories of Chasing Asylum – Year 10 English unit. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to create a social action project or awareness raising campaign around an issue they connected with through the unit. As a result this lesson can be integrated into a number of subject areas, as the focus is on developing the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and 21st century skills.
Topic: Social Issues.
Time needed: This lesson could take between three and six sessions. Time should be determined prior to commencing the lesson so that students have a clear expectation of the deadline in which to execute their project.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee project planning and project execution.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Project Planning Tool, Project Checklist. Butcher’s paper and textas, Online Stopwatch. Stories of Chasing Asylum – List of Challenges (one copy per student or access online).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: asylum seeker, refugee, social action, school, community, Chasing Asylum.
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