In this lesson students will be engaging with Kenny Roger’s song ‘Coward of the County’, using a double-entry journal to reflect on the meaning and intent of the lyrics. Students will consider a modern Australian context, and the repercussions of violence on individuals and the community, looking to rewrite the lyrics of the song to better reflect the morals and ideals of this context.
- understand the meaning and message of 'Coward of the County' by Kenny Rogers
- understand the repercussions of violence on individuals and the broader Australian community.
- read, understand and analyse song lyrics for meaning
- reflect on issues and ideas of masculinity and violence in Australian society
- apply their knowledge in adapting a text for a new context.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 10 English:
- Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
- Compare and evaluate a range of representations of individuals and groups in different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1639)
- Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812)
- Create literary texts with a sustained ‘voice’, selecting and adapting appropriate text structures, literary devices, language, auditory and visual structures and features for a specific purpose and intended audience (ACELT1815)
- Create imaginative texts that make relevant thematic and intertextual connections with other texts (ACELT1644)
Syllabus outcomes: EN5-3B, EN5-5C, EN5-6C EN5-7D, EN5-8D
General capabilities: Literacy
Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
Students develop and justify their own interpretations of texts. They evaluate other interpretations, analysing the evidence used to support them. Students create a wide range of texts to articulate complex ideas.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: English – Years 7 to 10
Time required: 120 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teacher will need to facilitate discussion and prompt thinking and reflection
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.
Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.
STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.