Activity Introduction

squat-photoframeQuick summary:  Students watch the opening sequence of THE OASIS twice – once on mute and once with the volume up in order to help them focus on the experiences of the young homeless people that they are viewing. Students use the See, Think, Feel, Wonder visible thinking tool to reflect on the opening sequence. They consider the factors surrounding the issue of youth homelessness through a teacher led class discussion and written reflection.

Key ideas to explore:

  • Youth homelessness is often invisible.
  • There are a number of different ways to view an issue.
  • There are a range of socio-economic factors may influence youth homelessness. 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education.

Content descriptions:

  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and well being of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

General capabilities:  Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy

Syllabus OutcomesPDHPE5.13.

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 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 websites/videos to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. Sticky-notes. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS, community development, health, well being.

Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with 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.


Teacher Worksheet

owen in alleyTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: This tuning in lesson is designed to engage students in the topic of youth homelessness. Students begin to consider what it means to be a young homeless person and identify some of the social issues associated with homelessness.

Teacher content information: This lesson is based on THE OASIS documentary, which raises awareness of youth homelessness, celebrates the resilience of young people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia and empowers the next generation of young people to take action to prevent youth homelessness in the future.

Young people often become homeless because of family breakdown, often stemming from parental conflicts or a collapse of their relationship with a husband/wife or partner. Some young people who are living independently become homeless because they can’t afford living expenses such as rent. Being homeless is unsafe, unhealthy and very stressful. Young people experiencing homelessness are not a homoge

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Homeless does not mean hopeless.

1. What did you write on your sticky-notes about your reaction to the opening sequence?

What did you SEE in the clip?
What did the clip make you THINK?
What did the clip make you FEEL?
What did the clip make you WONDER?


The opening clip of THE OASIS is really confronting, especially for people who have not really thought about the issue of youth homelessness previously.

In a written reflection, describe the part of the opening sequence that you found most confronting, as well as what your initial reaction to it was.
Then, reflect on how your view did or didn't change between the first and second viewing and the class discussion.

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