Quick summary: Students critically assess their understanding of the concept of ‘home’ by finding an image that represents their idea of home, and justify how and why their chosen image represents their ideas. Students then watch a section of THE OASIS that features Emma and Trent’s experiences, and use the See, Hear, Feel thinking tool to respond to the clip. In groups, students are asked to compare and contrast the concepts and ideas surrounding the concepts of ‘house’, ‘home’ and ‘shelter’ and perform a critical analysis of the concepts of ‘house’ and ‘home’. The class is encouraged to collaborate to form a list of terms that reflect the shared ideas. To reflect, students create a presentation that summarises their view of Emma and Trent’s situation, and whether they could be considered homeless.
Key ideas to explore:
- Youth homelessness is often invisible.
- There are differences between being houseless and homeless.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 English
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)
- 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
- Identify and analyse implicit or explicit values, beliefs and assumptions in texts and how these are influenced by purposes and likely audiences (ACELY1752)
- Use comprehension strategies to compare and contrast information within and between texts, identifying and analysing embedded perspectives, and evaluating supporting evidence (ACELY1754)
Year 11 English
- explaining the ways text structures, language features and stylistic choices are used in different types of texts (ACEEN005)
- analysing how vocabulary, idiom and rhetoric are used for different purposes and contexts (ACEEN006)
- the use of imaginative, persuasive and interpretive techniques (ACEEN010)
- combining visual, spoken and written elements where appropriate (ACEEN013)
- using evidence-based argument (ACEEN014)
- explaining the relationship between purpose and context (ACEEN021)
- analysing the style and structure of texts including digital texts (ACEEN022)
- analysing the ways language features, text structures and stylistic choices shape points of view and influence audiences (ACEEN024)
- analysing how attitude and mood are created, for example, through the use of humour in satire and parody. (ACEEN027)
- the impact of language and structural choices on shaping own and others’ perspectives (ACEEN028)
- selecting and applying appropriate textual evidence to support arguments (ACEEN035)
Year 12 English
- analysing and evaluating how similar themes, ideas or concepts are treated in different texts.(ACEEN043)
- the ways language patterns can create shades of meaning (ACEEN047)
- making innovative and imaginative use of language features (ACEEN051)
- sustaining analysis and argument (ACEEN053)
- undertaking close analysis of texts (ACEEN060)
- the ways points of view and values are represented (ACEEN067)
- using appropriate language and stylistic features to sustain a personal voice and point of view(ACEEN069)
- synthesising ideas and opinions to develop complex argument (ACEEN071)
- substantiating and justifying their own responses using textual evidence (ACEEN072)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN5-1A, EN5-2A, EN5-8D.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy.
Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues
Unit of work: THE OASIS- English
Time required: 120 minutes (or 2x 60 minutes)
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion.
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. Access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. Butcher’s paper, ‘AGREE’ and ‘DISAGREE’ signs, string or masking tape.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS.
Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with the English Teachers Association NSW and the ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.