Coward Punch - King Or Coward? - English

Coward Punch - King Or Coward? - English

Lesson 2 of 8 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • English
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will explore the concepts of denotation and connotation. They will read about the coward punches that sparked the campaign to rename the formerly known ‘king hit’ and reflect on the importance of language choice in how we view a person, event and situation.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

understand...

  • the concepts of denotation and connotation
  • the difference between a ‘king hit’ and a ‘coward punch’
  • the importance of language choice on perception.

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the connotations of words
  • compare the difference between the language of ‘king hit’ and a ‘coward punch’
  • reflect on the rationale for renaming the behaviour a ‘coward punch’.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 English:

  • Understand the way language evolves to reflect a changing world, particularly in response to the use of new technology for presenting texts and communicating (ACELA1528)

Year 8 English:

  • Understand how conventions of speech adopted by communities influence the identities of people in those communities (ACELA1541)

Syllabus outcomes: EN4-2A, EN4-8D

General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical Understanding

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: 
Students demonstrate understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary affects meaning

Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: 
Students explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas and issues in texts

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: English – Years 7 to 10

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and explain background context to Coward Punch Campaign

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Skills

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

  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Collaboration

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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