Coward Punch - Silent Conversations

Coward Punch - Silent Conversations

Lesson 4 of 8 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will be engaging in silent conversations, responding to text excerpts, poems, news articles, images and prompts, allowing them to reflect on ideas about masculinity, violence, and the connection between the two.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the correlation between the constructs of masculinity and violence
  • be introduced to data relating to coward punches
  • engage with a range of text types, including Shakespeare, poetry, news articles, images and reports.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • read and analyse a text via handwritten reflection
  • pose questions or comments to a partner or small group
  • expand on others’ opinions and ideas
  • engage in oral discussion about complex ideas.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 9 English:

  • Interpret and compare how representations of people and culture in literary texts are drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1633)
  • Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (ACELT1635)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (ACELY1744)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-2A, EN5-7D, EN5-8D

General capabilities: Literacy

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: 
Students evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own interpretations. Students contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues.

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 – teachers will need to ensure students are silent throughout the silent conversation and then lead a debrief discussion at the conclusion of the lesson

Resources required

  • Coloured pens or markers
  • Device capable of presenting a screen to the class, if the optional online option is used
  • Prompt Materials – one A3 copy per pair/small group
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student


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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Social skills
  • 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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