Essential Question

What can we learn by listening to the voices of First Nations authors?

Warning — First Nations teachers and students are advised that this curriculum resource may contain images, voices or names of deceased people.

Unit details

Y5 English & Media Arts
Lesson Time: 40 minutes
Lessons: 9
Duration: 2–3 weeks

Australian Curriculum
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority.

Unit overview

In this unit, students will:

  • engage with a wide range of texts and media created by First Nations people, including short film, contemporary poetry and songs, traditional sand stories and digital narrations of Dreaming stories
  • explore techniques that First Nations authors use to express perspectives, such as narrative voice, use of imagery, music and other sounds
  • respond to texts and media through discussion, writing and drawing activities
  • develop and perform their own narrations of Dreaming stories and reflect on the understandings they’ve developed through the unit.

Please keep in mind, you don’t need to be an expert on this topic – we often learn alongside our students.

While this resource has been created so it can be taught in a linear fashion, feel free to start small. You may prefer to select a single activity that connects to what you’re teaching or about to teach. Even small actions can make a big difference.