lesson focus

  • Respect
  •  Responsibility
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion

expectations and goals

  • Students to research the concept of graffiti as art or vandalism
  • Students understand the costs of graffiti to the community
  • Students explore how Crime Stoppers is involved in the reduction of graffiti

Learning experiences

Teacher notes

Free teaching resources on graffiti are available from the Goodbye Graffiti website

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  • Graffiti sub-cultures
  • Designing out graffiti
  • Anti-graffiti resources
  • Graffiti histories
  • Graffiti laws
  • Development of graffiti
  • Purposes for doing graffiti vandalism
  • Employment possibilities
  • Thinking again about graffiti vandalism
  1. Provide students with access to the Goodbye graffiti fact sheet (Resource 23 below) and review.
  2. Hold a class discussion on graffiti by posing the following questions:
    • What is graffiti?
    • Is it a common problem?
    • Where do we mainly see graffiti?
    • Compare and contrast – urban art or vandalism?
  3. Extend the discussion to include how Crime Stoppers is involved in the reduction of graffiti and its current graffiti campaign.Ask students to explore the Goodbye Graffiti website  and learn about how graffiti affects our society.Provide students with access to the Graffiti background information (Resource 24 below) and ask them to complete while exploring the website.Students may also go to the Crime Stoppers website for extra information.
  4. Split class into small groups and hold a debate on the topic, ‘Is graffiti new age art?’ Offer each group a side which they will support. One side will debate that graffiti should be legalised as it is urban art. The other will debate that graffiti should not be legalised.
  5. Organise students into pairs and provide them with access to Graffiti board game planning sheet (Resource 25 below). Explain to the students they are to construct a board game (eg snakes and ladders, monopoly) that demonstrates their knowledge of graffiti. The game is to include facts and questions that need to be answered by the players, and links with laws and Crime Stoppers.

focus questions

  • What is graffiti?
  •  Is it a common problem?
  • Where do we mainly see graffiti?
  • What is graffiti vandalism?
  • Is graffiti legal?
  • What are the laws in WA relating to graffiti?
  • What is the ‘cost’ of graffiti in our State?
  • What anti-graffiti resources are available?
  • What is being done to reduce graffiti vandalism and why?
  • How has graffiti developed?
  • What is urban art?

assessment tasks

Students to:

  • Work in pairs and complete the Graffiti board game planning sheet (Resource 25 below)

download resources and tools

Printable lesson plan [Download Year 8, Lesson 9 plan]

www.goodbyegraffiti.wa.gov.au

Resource 23: Goodbye graffiti fact sheet  [Download Resource 23]