Coward Punch -  Creating A New Cool

Coward Punch - Creating A New Cool

Lesson 2 of 6 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will unpack how peer groups influence our behaviour by defining what is cool and what isn’t. Students will consider whether it is possible to redefine what’s cool in order to create a broader and healthier sense of identity and belonging.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the role that their peer group plays in defining their behaviour and how they feel accepted
  • understand that social pressures can be changed
  • understand that by redefining social rules, people could be happier and feel a sense of belonging.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • practise stepping into their truth
  • identify emotions and patterns of behaviour in response to peer pressure
  • challenge their thinking around what is cool
  • acknowledge what they truly value
  • redefine what is cool for themselves.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)
  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.1, PDHPE5.2, PDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.11, PDHPE5.12, PDHPE5.13, PDHPE5.16 

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

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: 
Students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They analyse the impact attitudes and beliefs about diversity have on community connection and wellbeing. They evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: HPE – Years 9 & 10

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate group discussions and activities

Resources required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

Additional info

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.

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