Year 9 Resources
Level: Year 9
Curriculum areas: English, Science, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, ICT capability, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability
Have the conversation
There are many different perspectives about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In this learning sequence students explore these by considering some of the barriers to organ and tissue donation and some ethical issues relating to transplantation. Personal stories are used to portray a range of perspectives about the process of organ and tissue donation; and these perspectives are highlighted in the film The Last Race. By the end of this learning sequence, students will be in a better position to make an informed decision in relation to organ and tissue donation; and to understand the importance of sharing this decision with family and friends. The learning activities are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the materials used to support students' learning are mainly developed by the Organ and Tissue Authority (DonateLife).
- DonateLife website
- Understanding Brain Death booklet (1.37 MB PDF)
- The Last Race (Alagna Films) - to download the film please send your request and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
- ATOM study guide for The Last Race (1.21 MB PDF)
Further The Last Race resources, including filmed interviews, are available at www.alagnafilms.com
- History of organ and tissue donation (571 KB PDF)
- Making a decision about living organ and tissue donation (899 KB PDF)
- Student Activity Sheet (1.4 MB PDF)
- Student Activity Sheet (2.4 MB PDF)
- Student Activity Sheet (3.4 MB PDF)
- Student Activity Sheet (4.4 MB PDF)
- Student Activity Sheet (5.4 MB PDF)
- 'Anton' from the DonateLife Book of Life, Volume 1 (975 KB PDF)
- 'Ali's Gift' from the DonateLife Book of Life, Volume 1 (1.01 MB PDF)
- 'Eye's see all' from the DonateLife Book of Life, Volume 2 (744 KB PDF)
- 'With science and humanity' from the DonateLife Book of Life, Volume 7 (1.33 MB PDF)
- 'An honour and a privilege' from the DonateLife Book of Life, Volume 8 (1.18 MB PDF)
Donating for life: the science of organ and tissue donation
Level: Year 8 and year 9
Curriculum areas: Science
General capabilities: Personal and social competence, Ethical understanding, Critical and creative thinking
The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) was funded through the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Community Awareness Grants Program to develop a classroom resource pack “Donating for life: the science of organ and tissue donation” for year 8-9 science teachers to enable and encourage them to incorporate discussions on organ and tissue donation into their science lessons.
This classroom resource pack introduces students to a range of issues relating to organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The learning activities are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science; they are also relevant to the General Capabilities, including the Personal and social competence, the Ethical understanding and the Critical and creative thinking Learning Continuums. Students explore sensitive issues through short films, personal stories and factual texts; engaging and challenging material for the classroom.
These resources complement the existing DonateLife school education resources that cross several subject areas and are aligned with the Australian curriculum.
RiAus also hosted a free teacher professional learning event on organ and tissue donation to guide teachers through the science of cells, tissue and organ systems and introduce ethical discussions on organ donation into the classroom.
The recordings of the event is available through the RiAus YouTube channel below.