The_OASIS_BlackThis unit was created in partnership with Shark Island Productions to highlight the key messages of the documentary film THE OASIS. The film aims to raise 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.

The lessons have 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.

All images courtesy of Shark Island Productions. THE OASIS title logo designed by Swivel Creative.

 

 

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Unit Overview: THE OASIS – English – Years 9 & 10
    Unit Overview: THE OASIS – English – Years 9 & 10
  2. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Asking Questions About Youth Homelessness
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Asking Questions About Youth Homelessness
  3. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Having a Conversation About Youth Homelessness
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Having a Conversation About Youth Homelessness

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Expanding Views Through Text
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Expanding Views Through Text
  2. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Exploring Issues Through Language
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Exploring Issues Through Language
  3. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Comparing Representation in the Media
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Comparing Representation in the Media
  4. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Understanding the Impact of the Media
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Understanding the Impact of the Media
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  9. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Using Film Techniques to Tell a Story
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Using Film Techniques to Tell a Story
  10. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Building Empathy Through Creative Writing
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Building Empathy Through Creative Writing
  11. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Mastering Narrative Writing: The Hero’s Journey
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Mastering Narrative Writing: The Hero’s Journey
  12. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Building Critical Literacy and Breaking Stereotypes
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Building Critical Literacy and Breaking Stereotypes
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  17. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Writing Poetry to Commemorate
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Writing Poetry to Commemorate

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Considering the Issues
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Considering the Issues
  2. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Planning Action
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Planning Action
  3. The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Social Action – Taking Action
    The Oasis – English – Years 9 & 10 – Social Action – Taking Action