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Y9 English – Literature and context

Students explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have traditionally been represented in literature in Australia. They examine stereotypes of people and misrepresentations of culture. Students then explore texts by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors.
ACARA code: ACELT1633

Y9 History – Making a nation

Students examine reasons leading to the Frontier Wars between Europeans and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They understand how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture were affected and disrupted by the invasion of Europeans on their lands, and the ongoing impacts.
ACARA code: ACDSEH020
Teacher guide (828 KB)
Student handout (787 KB)

Y9 History – Movement of peoples (1750-1901)

Students examine the different ways that Aboriginal communities and their cultures were affected and disrupted by the invasion of Europeans on their land. They understand the issues that caused the Frontier Wars. Students gain understanding and empathy about the ongoing effects of colonisation today.
ACARA Code: ACDSEH084
Teacher guide (831 KB)
Student handout (787 KB)

Y9 Geography – Collecting, recording, evaluating and representing

This topic discusses ethical research methods and the use of protocols developed by and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. Indigenous perspectives critical of research by outsiders are contextualised with a historical overview of the field of anthropology.
ACARA code: ACHGS064
Teacher guide (819 KB)
Student handout (787 KB)

Y9 English – Texts in context

Students engage in their own analysis of how mainstream media outlets report on events relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They examine stereotypes, racism and prejudice, and consider how readers’ perceptions of different groups might be shaped by approaches to reporting.
ACARA code: ACELY1739
Teacher guide (823 KB)
Student handout (784 KB)

Y9 History – Chronology, terms and concepts

Using the case study of Australia Day students learn about academic history debates. They understand that history comprises several narratives that often conflict with one another. They explore links between history and national identity, and the reasons for the contested nature of the terms ‘settlement’ and ‘invasion’.
ACARA code: ACHHS165
Teacher guide (822 KB)
Student handout (789 KB)

Y9 Geography – Biomes and food security

This topic examines the significant disruption to Australian biomes by European colonisation. Native flora and fauna have struggled to compete with introduced species. Alterations in diet have negatively impacted many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Students suggest ways native food sources can be developed and promoted.
ACARA code: ACHGK063
Teacher guide (823 KB)
Student handout (787 KB)