Stories of Chasing Asylum - Stories of Expression

Stories of Chasing Asylum - Stories of Expression

Lesson 3 of 11 in this unit

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

Lesson summary

Students are introduced to key terminology and language encountered when studying or reading about the topic of refugees and people seeking asylum. They enhance their understanding of the power of language through investigating the similarities and differences between concepts and terms and apply this knowledge by constructing their own definitions.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the importance of language choices when discussing and studying complex issues.
  • understand and be able to communicate the meaning of key terminology and concepts related to asylum seeking and refugees in the 21st Century.

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Australian curriculum content descriptions

Year 10 English:

  • Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
  • Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)

Syllabus outcomes: EN5-5C, EN5-3B.

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

Cross-curriculum priority:

Relevant parts of Year 10 English achievement standards: Students listen for ways features within texts can be manipulated to achieve particular effects and show how the selection of language features can achieve precision and stylistic effect.

Unit of workStories of Chasing Asylum – access the unit overview here.

Time required: 120 minutes.

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

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
  • Device capable of audio/visual presentation to present a website to the class
  • Flashcard definitions of key concepts and terminology
  • Five double-sided printed copies of the Frayer Model for each student
  • One copy of the Flashcards to display in the classroom


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

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • 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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