Aspire Generation - Social Action

Aspire Generation - Social Action

Lesson 10 of 12 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Work Studies
  • Social
  • Equality
  • Social Action
  • Economic
  • Enterprise Learning
  • Job Ready
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will think critically about their own community and the change that they would like to make within it. Over several sessions, students will work in groups to plan and deliver an action project to make positive change in their community. They will reflect on the process, as well as their growth and learning. Students will present their learning in a public arena, such as an assembly, or creating a video and publishing it.

Essential questions: 

  • How can we make a positive change in the community?
  • What do we need to do to plan and deliver a project?
  • What are the benefits of completing a social action project?

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Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies:

  • Explain how the application of entrepreneurial behaviours can address a range of work and community challenges and provide benefits personally and to the community (ACWSCL011
  • Practise the skills and attributes underpinning entrepreneurial behaviours (ACWSCL012)

Year 10 Work Studies:

  • Complete an action project utilising entrepreneurial behaviours to address an identified challenge or opportunity (ACWSCL031

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students plan and implement strategies to improve their learning and strengthen their individual learning skills. Students research and analyse information, organise teams, and communicate effectively using appropriate types of communications in a given context. They practise entrepreneurial skills and attributes and propose actions in response to identified work and community challenges.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students apply entrepreneurial skills to plan, implement and complete a negotiated action project. Students evaluate their findings, propose actions, make recommendations and present these to an audience of stakeholders.

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: To be determined, based on the scope and requirements of student’s social action projects.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
  • Device capable of presenting a website/online video to the class, 10 sheets of butcher’s paper, textas
  • Online stopwatch
  • Project Planning Tool (one per group)
  • ‘How might we’ question template
  • World Cafe instructions for hosts
  • Project Checklist, small prize for work well done (optional)


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

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy
  • Social skills
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving

Additional info

This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.

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