Quick summary: Students watch a series of videos to gain a historical perspective of strategies used by Indigenous Australians in managing Country with fire. They write a fictional newspaper article using a range of online resources. Their article includes a fictional interview with an Indigenous Australian about why it is important for them to return to Country. Students build a deeper understanding of how indigenous groups and scientists can revitalise cool burning practices to substantially reduce carbon emissions.
- Students learn about the history of using fire in land management.
- Students understand the cultural and environmental benefits of using cool burning to manage Country.
- Students create an imaginative text based on information and ideas from primary and secondary sources of information.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 History:
- The nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s past in the ancient period, such as the use of resources (ACDSEH031)
- Analysis and use of resources, identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS209)
Year 7 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
Time needed: 120 min
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – introduce new content, assist with student research, confirm they understand the communication project, assess student outcomes.
Resources needed: Internet, digital projector, individual devices for students and headphones. Tropical Savanna – The Big Picture Presentation, Fact Sheet – How do Indigenous Australians use fire?.
Digital technology opportunity: Observe the recent history of fire and the issue of vast hot burns by observing the maps on www.firenorth.org.au/nafi2/
Extension opportunities: Investigate other ways in which Indigenous Australians use fire.
Keywords: Indigenous Australians, Aboriginals, resources, wildfire, bushfire, cool burns, seasons, adaptation, savanna, ecology
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. There is great diversity in histories and cultures among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. This resource includes investigations into and information about some of them. It has an emphasis, but not an exclusive one, on the histories and cultural practices of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It is underpinned by consultation with Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia.
Special thanks to:
Fish River Station, John Daly, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Jacklyn, Peter McConchie, Dr Tommy George, David Claudie, Dale Musgrave, Carolyn George and Victor Steffensen.
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