Activity Introduction

wwa-people-contributions-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson is based on the film Who We Are: Brave New Clan – People. Students will consider the importance of recognising people’s contributions and then work in groups to investigate the range of awards that recognise the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Students will then create a presentation detailing the contributions of a well-known Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Narragunnawali logo 160This lesson is produced in partnership with Cool Australia and the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning team at Reconciliation Australia. We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We respectfully caution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this resource may contain images and names of people who have passed away.

Essential questions:

  • Why is it important to recognise the contributions of people?
  • How does Australia recognise the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
  • Who are some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that have made a significant contribution to Australian society?

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

The films and lessons presented in Who We Are: Brave New Clan have been designed to align with the organising ideas of the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Use of the film in a classroom setting will build teachers’ and students’ knowledge of, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, contributions and ways of life.

General capabilities: Intercultural Understanding, Ethical Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority:

Content descriptions:

Year 4 HASS

  • The diversity of Australia’s first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) (ACHASSK083)
  • The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (ACHASSK089)
  • The different cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they and others in the community belong (ACHASSK093)

Year 4 English

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations incorporating learned content and taking into account the particular purposes and audiences (ACELY1689)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)

Year 5 English

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)

Year 6 English

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-2, EN2-6B, EN3-1A, EN3-2A.

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment, and describe factors that shape a person’s identity and sense of belonging.

Relevant parts of Year 4 English achievement standards: Students create texts that show understanding of how images and detail can be used to extend key ideas, make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions.

Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences, make presentations which include multimodal elements for defined purposes, and contribute actively to class and group discussions, taking into account other perspectives.

Relevant parts of Year 6 English achievement standards: Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences, make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions.

Topic: Who We Are: Brave New Clan

Unit of work: Who We Are: Brave New ClanPeople.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee discussion, lead students in activities.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. PowerPoint or Adobe Spark.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, community, famous, recognition, awards.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

wwa-people-contributions-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will recognise the aspirations, achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across a range of disciplines. Students will understand that there are a range of awards that recognise the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Teacher content information: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to our national identity and to Australia’s shared history. It is important that the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are acknowledged both locally and globally.

Kim, Harry, Kaylah, Josh, James and Miranda are making significant contributions to their communities and Australian society.

Kim is a doctor. She works at the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service. Her grandfather was 'a medicine man', a Traditional Healer. Kim knows he would be proud of all that his granddaughter has achieved.

Harry is an undergraduat

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What would you like to achieve?

Watch this film and as you watch, make a note of important or interesting points relating to the topic of achievements and contributions.

Who We Are: People (https://youtu.be/TxPWd_0z3Ng)

 What are the achievements the hosts are proud of? 

Interesting and important points relating to the achievements and contributions of the hosts of the Who We Are: People film:

Reflection

Which of the hosts that feature in the film do you find most interesting or inspiring and why?

Have any of the hosts achieved something that you would like to achieve? 

Kim Isaacs-500x333 Kaylah Truth-500x333
Kim Isaacs Kaylah Tyson
Joshua Toomey1 - resized Miranda Tapsell1
Joshua (Josh) Toomey Miranda Tapsell
Harrison Sabatino1- resized James Saunders1 - resized
Harrison (Harry) Sabatino James Saunders

Resources: Who We Are - Brave New Clan - Hosts

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