The Oasis - Conversations About Youth Homelessness

The Oasis - Conversations About Youth Homelessness

Lesson 3 of 15 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 12
  • English
  • Social
  • Equality
  • Homelessness
  • Human Rights
  • Social Action
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson is part 2 of Tuning in to youth homelessness. Students have a structured conversation with a guest speaker about issues surrounding youth homelessness. This lesson facilitates student-led inquiry into questions that they raised in response to the THE OASIS clip shown in the previous lesson.

Key ideas to explore:

  • Youth homelessness is often invisible.
  • There are differences between being houseless and homeless.
  • There are several different ways to find information.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 English:

  • Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (ACELT1635)
  • Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes, for example to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways (ACELY1740)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (ACELY1741)

Year 10 English:

  • Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (ACELT1812)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)

Year 11 English:

Unit 1

  • Using appropriate form, content, style and tone for different purposes and audiences in real and imagined contexts (ACEEN011)

Unit 2

  • Using imaginative, interpretive and persuasive elements for different purposes, contexts and audiences (ACEEN032)

Year 12 English:

Unit 3

  • Using and experimenting with text structures and language features related to specific genres for particular effects (ACEEN052)

Unit 4

  • The selection of language features that generate empathy or controversy, for example, juxtaposition of image and text. (ACEEN068)

Syllabus OutcomesEN5-1A, EN5-2A, EN5-7D.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy.

Unit of work: THE OASIS – English

Time required: 60 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
  • Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo.

Additional info

This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with the English Teachers Association NSW and the ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.

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