Stories of Chasing Asylum - Stories Of Compassion

Stories of Chasing Asylum - Stories Of Compassion

Lesson 5 of 11 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Social
  • Equality
  • Homelessness
  • Human Rights
  • Social Action
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students are introduced to the notion of compassion as a response to stories of people seeking asylum by engaging with persuasive and poetic texts. Using a range of thinking, analytical and creative tools, students will engage in a close reading, appreciation and manipulation of language to understand the power of language to capture emotions, empathy and communicate experiences.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • be introduced to the notion of compassion and consider how humane responses to people seeking asylum is often a story of compassion.
  • understand how informative, persuasive and imaginative texts, especially poetry, can be used to communicate compassion.
  • improve their language choices to demonstrate empathy and understanding about issues and compassionate response to people seeking asylum.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 10 English:

  • Compare and evaluate how ‘voice’ as a literary device can be used in a range of different types of texts such as poetry to evoke particular emotional responses (ACELT1643)
  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
  • Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)
  • Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-3B, EN5-1A, EN5-7D.

General Capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority:

Relevant parts of Year 10 English achievement standards: Students evaluate how text structures can be used in innovative ways by different authors. They explain how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary contributes to the development of individual style, and create a wide range of texts to articulate complex ideas, varying vocabulary choices for impact.

Unit of work: Stories of Chasing Asylum – access the unit overview here.

Time required: 120 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion and assess student work.

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

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical understanding
  • Cultural understanding
  • Global citizenship
  • Social skills

Additional info

Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies through the personal accounts of people seeking asylum and whistleblowers who tried to work within the system. To watch the documentary, stream it on Kanopy and Clickview or purchase the DVD at the ATOM Education Shop.

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