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Fire Threat

By Sarah Davy, 2009 3:32 minutes

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In this powerful story, Sarah describes her experience of Black Saturday and its aftermath. She asks, "What do you do when your life finally begins to be bearable again and then you get that dreaded phone call no one wants to hear?"

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How do individuals within communities deal with threats?

Sarah begins her story, “What do you do when your life finally begins to be bearable again and then you get that dreaded phone call no one wants to hear?” Her question implies that Sarah has already had hardship and emotional distress in her life.

  • Identify particular problems or challenges faced by Sarah. What advice would you give to help solve these difficulties?
  • Think of a problem or challenge you have faced. Did you overcome it? If so, how? If not, how might you have used the advice ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ to help you?
  • What particular challenges do young people face today? How can young people deal with the challenges they face? Who can help them if the challenges get too complicated?
  • Talk about some of the people in the digital stories who reflect key values such as compassion, courage, generosity, friendliness, determination, honesty, enthusiasm, tolerance, consideration, fairness and kindness.
  • Identify groups in the community who face particularly difficult challenges.

Sarah says, “It’s one thing to hear this news but it’s another thing to see your town panicking.”

  • Discuss: Have you experienced a newsworthy event? Was it depicted accurately in the news?

Sarah was shocked and upset by the events of Black Saturday. News often describes events or things but rarely the human emotions involved.

  • Create small groups to discuss books, magazine articles or films that students have read or seen that describe human suffering and emotions in a convincing, compelling way? Ask each group to create a list of recommended viewing and reading for the rest of the class with a five star rating system.