Activity Introduction

wwa-social-action-photoframe2Quick summary: In this lesson students synthesise what they have learned from the Who We Are: Brave New Clan unit and develop a plan for promoting reconciliation actions in their school or community. Students will work in groups to select an action that is important to them, then brainstorm an idea for making this action happen. Next, they collaboratively plan a project based on their idea and then execute this plan. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon the success of their project and their role in creating and executing the project.

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:

  • What things that I have learnt in the Who We Are: Brave New Clan unit do I care about the most? What things are most important to me?
  • What actions can we take to promote reconciliation in our school or wider community?
  • How can we share what we have learnt about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and country/place with the school and wider community?

21st century skills:

WWA social action skills

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.

This lesson concludes the Who We Are: Brave New Clan unit. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to take action, supporting their school in promoting positive and meaningful action around reconciliation in both the classroom and around the school. As a result this lesson can be integrated into a number of subject areas as the focus is on developing the Cross-curriculum priorities and General capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and 21st century skills.

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures OI.1 to OI.9.

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

Topic: Who We Are: Brave New Clan

Units of work: Who We Are: Brave New ClanCountry/Place, People, Culture.

Time required: 150+ mins (plus time for students to complete action projects)

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. List of Actions. One printed copy of Project Planning Tool for each group. Project checklist. Butcher’s paper and textas, online stopwatch. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, people, Country, place, identity.

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-social-action-photoframe2Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students reflect on what they have learnt from the Who We Are: Brave New Clan unit. Students understand the ways they can share what they have learnt about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and Country with the school and wider community. Students identify the actions they can take to promote reconciliation in the classroom, around the school and with the community.

Teacher content information: This lesson is all about supporting students to apply what they have learnt throughout the Who We Are: Brave New Clan unit. They will collaboratively plan and execute a project that promotes reconciliation in the classroom, around the school and with the community.

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning is a program developed by Reconciliation Australia that supports Australian schools to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contri

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Student Worksheet

wwa-social-action-photoframe2Reflection questions

Complete the following questions independently.

Project reflection questions

1. How does our project contribute to reconciliation?

2. What impact did our project have?

3. Was our project a success? Why or why not?

4. What did I learn during the implementation of our project?

5. What parts of the project were the most successful and why?

6. What parts of the project were the least successful and why? How would we improve these parts?

7. How would we improve the project overall?

8. What challenges did we face and how did we overcome them?

9. How could we extend our project?

10. Does our project have a legacy?

 

Self reflection questions

1. What did I learn about reconciliation?

2. How did I work in the group?

3. What would I do differently next time?

4. What was the best part of working on this project and why?

5. What was the worst part and why?

6. What impact did I have?

7. What am I most proud of?

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