Activity Introduction

CA-Poster-Khadim-Da-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson supports students to apply what they have learnt throughout the Voices of Chasing Asylum lessons. They are given one task but can make a choice about how to fulfil the requirements, encouraging self-direction and developing a growth mindset. They plan and complete the task with teacher and peer support to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding.

CA-Title-Treatment-ReversalChasing 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.

Learning Intentions: 

  • Students will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding they have gained throughout the Voices of Chasing Asylum unit.

21st Century skills:

ca assessment skills v2

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 11 English:

Create a range of texts:

  • using imaginative, interpretive and persuasive elements for different purposes, contexts and audiences (ACEEN032)
  • experimenting with text structures, language features and multimodal devices (ACEEN033)
  • developing and sustaining voice, tone and style (ACEEN034)
  • selecting and applying appropriate textual evidence to support arguments (ACEEN035)
  • using strategies for planning, drafting, editing and proofreading (ACEEN036)
  • using accurate spelling, punctuation, syntax and metalanguage (ACEEN037)

Reflect on their own and others’ texts by:

  • analysing the values and attitudes expressed in texts (ACEEN038)
  • evaluating the effectiveness of texts in representing ideas, attitudes and voices (ACEEN039)
  • explaining how and why texts position readers and viewers (ACEEN040)

General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority:

Topic: Social Issues.

Unit of work: Voices of Chasing Asylum – access the unit overview here.

Time required: Teacher discretion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of projecting a website to the class. Assessment Task Planning Tool. Genre Tips. Brace map.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Chasing Asylum, assessment, text creation, literature, literacy, language.

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


Teacher Worksheet

CA-Cambodia-Tim-Deagle-photoframe2Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding about how language contributes to the construction of meaning by completing a set task.

Teacher content information: All over the world, the issue of people seeking asylum and border protection is heavily politicised one. Across a range of contemporary and historical media texts, a wide spectrum of perspectives and voices exist. Australia has a long history of migration resulting in a nation of diverse ethnicities and cultural and religious backgrounds. The reasons for movement of people are equally varied, including work and employment opportunities, family connections and the effects of war or conflict and persecution.

As conflicts and security challenges impact various regions of the world, the global and national debate around refugees and asylum seekers has intensified - along with the scrutiny and politicisation of the issue. Resultant increased exposure in news

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Student Worksheet

Voices of Chasing Asylum - Assessment Task

You will now reflect on what you have looked at throughout this unit and complete an assessment task to demonstrate and apply the knowledge and understanding gained throughout the unit.

Context (hypothetical): You have been invited to contribute to a large symposium about the status of people seeking asylum, related policies and both government and community perspectives about the issues. All members of the community and various organisations have been invited to attend. A key purpose of the symposium is for to see and hear examples of the ways language and communication choices can be more effectively used to change attitudes and perceptions and compel people to take meaningful action.
Task: Your task is to use language and communication skills in both meaningful and powerful ways in order to compel some kind of change in relation to attitudes and values towards people seeking asylum and/or related governm
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