Quick summary: In this integrated Drama and History lesson, students will engage with the story of Yanyuwa woman, Hilda Jarman Muir, a member of the Stolen Generations. They will respond to her story through group and class discussion. They will then explore and respond to a historical story from their own community, improvising some dramatic scenes about this story for performance before an audience of community members invited to the school. Students will benefit from her story and her influence as a positive role model who inspired many young Australians to believe in their power to bring about social change.
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- Students will understand who the Stolen Generations are.
- Students will understand how to tell a story through drama.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 3 and 4 Drama
- Explore ideas and narrative structures through roles and situations and use empathy in their own improvisations and devised drama (ACADRM031)
- Use voice, body, movement and language to sustain role and relationships and create dramatic action with a sense of time and place (ACADRM032)
Year 3 (HASS) History
- Sequence information about people’s lives and events (ACHASSI055)
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)
Year 4 (HASS) History
- Sequence information about people’s lives and events (ACHASSI076)
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI082)
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
Relevant parts of Year 3 History achievement standards: Students identify individuals, events and aspects of the past that have significance in the present. Students sequence information about events and the lives of individuals in chronological order. Students develop texts, including narrative accounts, using terms denoting time.
Relevant parts of Year 4 History achievement standards: Students recognise the significance of events in bringing about change. Students describe the experiences of an individual or group in the past. Students sequence information about events and the lives of individuals in chronological order with reference to key dates. Students develop and present texts, including narrative recounts, using historical terms.
Relevant parts of Year 3 and 4 Drama achievement standards: Students use relationships, tension, time and place and narrative structure when improvising and performing devised and scripted drama. Students collaborate to plan, make and perform drama that communicates ideas.
Topic: NAIDOC Week.
Unit of work: Celebrating Culture – Years 3-10
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – The teacher will lead students through a presentation of the preliminary content. Students will need supervision and direction as they develop improvisations and perform dramatic scenes.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Butchers paper and marker pens. Stolen Generations Information. Space for up to nine small groups to develop and rehearse a performance of a dramatic scene. This lesson also requires students to explore a historic story from your local area. You could choose to research this story with your students, or you could choose a story and present it to students. Check your local council, library or historical society for stories that might be interesting to students.
Keywords: Improvisation, drama, choreography, school performance, Stolen Generations, Hilda Jarman Muir, local history.
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