The Oasis  - Unit Overview

The Oasis - Unit Overview

Lesson 1 of 15 in this unit

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

Lesson summary

This lesson is based on THE OASIS documentary raises awareness of youth homelessness and celebrates the resilience of young people experiencing homelessness in Australia. It is designed to empower the next generation of young people to take action to prevent youth homelessness in the future.

The resource is organised into an inquiry unit containing individual lessons. Each lesson incorporates clips from the film as well as a number of other real-world videos, articles, pictures and infographics as learning stimulus.
The unit has adopted an action-based, experiential learning approach and activities encourage student participation through movement, group work, ICT and visible thinking routines. Students are required to engage in meaningful reflection at the conclusion of each lesson, and are encouraged to continue their thinking and scrutiny around the topics addressed throughout the lessons – both as summative and formative assessment. Each lessons features extension ideas and provision of learning support.

The investigation and learning completed throughout the unit is then applied to student’s local context through a teacher scaffolded student-led social action project, wherein students choose an issue to address and present their project for exhibition to a real audience.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

This unit address the content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum: English. Learning activities in this resource are suitable for use across Years 9 & 10, and have also been mapped to Units 1-4 of the Senior English curriculum.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student
  • Computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
  • Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class.
  • 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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