Dying To Live - Personal Qualities for Difficult Conversations

Dying To Live - Personal Qualities for Difficult Conversations

Lesson 3 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Health and Physical Education
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Lesson summary

Students explore the personal qualities and strategies that can be used when having difficult conversations. They begin by creating a mind-map of personal qualities used to improve difficult conversations and then identify some of these qualities and the strategies used to employ these qualities in a clip from the documentary Dying To Live. Students then work in groups to create a poster about personal qualities and strategies to share with the class. Finally, students are invited to imagine they are preparing to have a difficult conversation about organ and tissue donation with their families and to create a script for this conversation that incorporates personal qualities and strategies.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what personal qualities can be helpful when having difficult conversations
  • understand that certain strategies can strengthen the impact of personal qualities

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • create a mind-map
  • write and annotate a script
  • analyse a clip
  • work collaboratively
  • engage in group and class discussions

Lesson guides and printables

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Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education:

  • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (ACPPS074)
  • Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (ACPPS075)
  • Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns (ACPPS076)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE4.3, PDHPE4.8, PDHPE4.11, PDHPE4.13, PDHPE4.16

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures OI.8

Relevant parts of 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students analyse factors that influence emotional responses. They investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing.  

Unit of work: Dying To Live – H&PE – Years 7–10

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate discussions and oversee poster-making activity

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Poster making materials
  • Poster Assessment Rubric. Butcher’s paper and pens, or devices with mind-mapping software (for brainstorming)
  • Individual (or group) online devices for additional research and image-sourcing (optional)


  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Problem solving
  • Social skills

Additional info

Dying To Live is a documentary feature film that examines organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Australia through seven different stories that highlight the social, physical and emotional effects of being on the organ donor waiting list. The film also aims to dispel myths about organ and tissue donation while encouraging family conversations so that family members are aware of their loved ones’ donation intentions. Find out how to screen or view the film here.

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