The following Year 10 English program has been adapted from an existing Year 10 documentary study unit, which focuses on a social issue. The unit has run over three years and has been adapted to cover the Australian Curriculum requirements.
After considering the implications of General Capabilities and the emphasis of a cross-curricular approach, this document is the result of further adaptation to pave the way for cross-curricular activities and assessments to be run in collaboration with History units.
The adapted English unit includes a three-week collaborative project where students collaborate and create a website for the purpose of raising public awareness about homelessness. The unit includes an excursion to a local community service or charity that provides assistance to homeless people. Through documenting and recording their experiences to the learning undertaken, the class is asked to create a website that focuses on the issue and provides a starting point to raise awareness in the local community or wider Australian public.
The links to History Knowledge and Understanding content include the Overview and the Globalising World. Through their understanding of these historical perspectives, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to understand contemporary challenges to Australian communities.
This adapted unit has been created with the assistance of Mr Ian Manuel, Society and Environment Teacher at Morawa DIstrict High School. His contribution of suggested resources and learning activities is acknowledged and appreciated.