Dying To Live - Tuning In to Organ and Tissue Donation

Dying To Live - Tuning In to Organ and Tissue Donation

Lesson 1 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 10
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Social
  • Disability
  • Equality
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
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Lesson summary

Students are introduced to the topic of organ and tissue donation. They begin by participating in a barometer activity to assess their prior knowledge on organ and tissue donation before working in groups to come up with definitions for key terms used in discussions around the topic. Students then participate in a jigsaw activity, working in groups to watch and analyse clips from the documentary Dying To Live and sharing their thoughts with the rest of the class. Finally, students engage in a class discussion around key ideas and feelings raised in the lesson.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what organ donation is
  • understand what tissue donation is
  • understand some of the key issues relating to organ and tissue donation in Australia
  • understand how organ and tissue donation is both an individual issue and a community issue

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • participate in class and group discussions
  • work collaboratively

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education:

  • Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077)

Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:

  • Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)
  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE4.6, PDHPE4.7, PDHPE4.8, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.13

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

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

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources.

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

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee activities and facilitate discussions

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Five devices capable of presenting a video to groups of students
  • Access to to desktop publishing program (optional)


  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • 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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