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Racism. No Way.: Fact Sheets: An introduction to INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Racism. No Way.: Fact Sheets: An introduction to INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders | Australian traditions, beliefs and celebrations | Scoop.it
This website aims to tackle racism in schools in Australia, through providing teachers, school students, parents and governors with games, research and lesson ideas that explore the causes and effects of racism for practical use in the classroom.
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Emma Minter's comment, April 22, 2013 6:40 AM
This is a useful resource for teachers to use when attempting to incorporate an Aboriginal perspective into this topic. This website provides a concise overview of Aboriginal beliefs and traditions, listing the key points associated with both areas as well as an origin and history related to the topic. It is a reliable and ethical source as the NSW Government of Education and Training releases it under the campaign ‘Racism No Way’. It does not generalize when referring to Australian Aboriginals and their culture as the text recognizes that there were and still are many different Aboriginal tribes, each with different languages and traditions. There are also no stereotypes and racist connotations presented.
This information would be useful for a teacher to present to the class as an introduction to a lesson on Aboriginal traditions and beliefs. This could be followed by a research project where the students must research the Aboriginal culture, understanding their traditions and beliefs however then compare it to todays society, how have these traditions changed or disappeared and why. In this assignment the students can be given freedom in terms of their method of presentation for instance a written report, a poster ect. Before sending the students off to research, a class discussion must be conducted discussing what is considered an appropriate, reliable resource. This webpage can be shown to the students and explained why it is and acceptable resource. The incorporation of a lesson such as this one into the classroom is highly important as it is stated by the HSIE k-6 syllabus that “All levels should reflect that fact that Australia has an Aboriginal history and Aboriginal viewpoints on social, cultural and historical matters. It is essential that Aboriginal viewpoints, interests, perceptions and expectations are reflected in curricula, teaching and administration of schools.” (NSW Department of Education and Training 1999) I believe that this lesson would teach the students about Aboriginal culture but in particular their traditions and beliefs.

NSW Department of Education and Training (1999) Aboriginal perspectives. Retrieved 20th April 2013. From NSW Department of Education and Training. http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/primary/hsie/crosscurriculum/aboriginal/
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Easter Traditions from Around the World

Easter Traditions from Around the World | Australian traditions, beliefs and celebrations | Scoop.it
Learn how Easter is celebrated in 10 countries all over the globe
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Emma Minter's comment, April 22, 2013 6:38 AM
This resource is a newspaper article from Women’s Day titled ‘Easter traditions from around the world’ by Amanda Greene. The article was released around Easter time and reports on the different ways Easter is celebrated around the world by different cultures. The Article covers 10 different countries, providing images and a brief description of the Easter celebration undertaken by that particular country. This resource is useful for students in gaining a worldview of traditions, celebrations and beliefs, understanding that different cultures have different forms of celebration. The teacher could present the students with this article allowing them to gain an understanding of the structure of a newspaper article and gain a broad understanding of the topic. Or else the information and images could be transferred into a slide show by the teacher and presented to the class as an introduction to a lesson on global celebrations. The assessment for this lesson could be chosen from a range of tasks, for instance, the students could be asked to choose a specific country and research how they celebrate Easter and compare it on a ‘T chart’ to Australia’s celebration. Having the students develop a T chart will allow them realize how Australian traditions may resemble some of other countries, illustrating how cultures may change through interactions with other cultures and the environment. Or else the students could be asked to develop their own newspaper article covering the Easter holiday and how it is being celebrated worldwide. The textbook Teaching Society and Environment, encourages that students are given the opportunity to adopt different roles and positions within the classroom for instance a media consumer or an anti-racism advocate (Gilbert & Hoepper pg 116 2011). This assessment has the students adopting the role of a journalist, research and writing an article. This will link well with English as the student will have to learn about the structure and features of a newspaper article as well as receive practice at developing one.

Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching society and environment 4th edition. South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia Pty Limited.
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Easter Symbols

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We thought we'd take a closer look at the way Australians celebrate this holiday. For some people it's an important religious celebration for others it's about chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny.
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Emma Minter's comment, April 22, 2013 6:31 AM
This is a short 4-minute video providing a brief explanation of Easter and how it is celebrated in Australia. The clip provides a brief description of the beliefs and traditions surrounding this holiday. This is a useful resource to use as an introduction for the class to a research project on beliefs, traditions and celebrations within Australia. This video highlights the influence of the Christian culture on the Australian identity, influencing holidays and traditions. The clip should encourage students to question traditions and spark curiosity for them to research and understand why we celebrate that holiday in that way? After watching the video the students can be asked to choose a celebration commonly held in Australia and develop their own BTN clip or report in groups. The teacher would have to set guidelines such as questions that must be addressed in the report or clip and potentially allocate each group a particular celebration or tradition. This is an enjoyable and educational way for the students to gain an all round understanding of the different Australian celebrations as they research one in depth then watch numerous other videos created by the other students. This assessment will cross into other KLA’s such as creative arts-media and English-talking and listening. For this assessment the students will also have to write a script, which will again cross into the English syllabus, as they must learn about the structure and key features of this text type. Furthermore it is important to remember, “If the students are not interested in the material presented, they will not learn it. In order to achieve the ultimate goal of student learning it is important to use a combination of teaching methods and to make the classroom environment as stimulating and interactive as possible.” (Gilakjani 2012) Thus by making this assessment hands on and creative the students will be more likely to be engage in the content.
A. Gilakjani (2012) Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic learning styles and their impacts on English Language Teaching. Journal of Studies in Education. Volume 2 No. 1. Page 105
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Australian traditions

Australian traditions | Australian traditions, beliefs and celebrations | Scoop.it
Australia Day is not a day that inspires all Australians to put their hands over their hearts in praise. Perhaps that is a good thing
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Emma Minter's comment, April 22, 2013 6:39 AM
This website identifies Australia’s most common celebrations and traditions including; Australia day, Anzac day, Christmas, Melbourne cup, St Patrick’s day. Each event is provided with several paragraphs explaining the traditions and history of that day. The website concludes 6 activities, each covering a different topic. Both the teacher and students can use this resource. As a teacher this website can be used for gaining general information on specific celebrations and accessing activities associated with this topic. However this website can also be used by students to either assist them in writing a report on a particular celebration or as a model website. Students can be provided with an assignment where they must design a website dedicated to a specific Australian celebration or tradition. This website can be dedicated as the starting point by reading the information provided on their topic, summaries it into their own words as well as incorporating extra information from additional research. This website can also be a model for the students, giving them an idea of what should be on a web page. This assessment also links into English, as the students must learn about this form of text type and summarize information and put them into their own words. Furthermore it is stated that ‘by using a variety of genres to present their findings, students develop important communication skills’ (Gilbert & Hoepper pg 116 2011) thus by setting this assessment as a webpage design the students are learning about alternative forms of communication.

Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching society and environment 4th edition. South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia Pty Limited.
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Google Drive Viewer

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Emma Minter's comment, April 22, 2013 6:34 AM
This website is a resource for teachers as it holds a series of lesson plans associated with this topic. Overall the lessons aim to highlight the cultural diversity within Australia and how this enables Australia to have a range of diverse celebrations, beliefs and traditions. The main syllabus point allocated for this series of lessons is CUS3.3 identities and CUS3.4 cultural diversity. This is the subject matter under which this dot point is found thus this resource is definitely appropriate for this topic.

There is a section dedicated to beliefs and the diversity across Australia and the world, this is highly valuable for this topic as it involves the students researching the main aspects of these popular beliefs within Australia including understanding their traditions and celebrations. Some lessons include researching different belief systems within Australia and developing a report on some common celebrations held in Australia. What is notable about this recourse is that the students will also gain an understanding of cultural diversity within Australia, examining differences and similarities and the effect on the Australian community. The multicultural theme of this resource also highlights how ones beliefs can influence their traditions and celebrations. The activities use a range of aural, visual and written text types, which is highly valuable as it is important as a teacher to “incorporate in their curriculum activities related to each of these learning styles so that all students are able to succeed in their classes.” (Gilakjani 2012) and also can be used to develop on talking and listening, reading and writing outcomes of the English syllabus.
A. Gilakjani (2012) Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic learning styles and their impacts on English Language Teaching. Journal of Studies in Education. Volume 2 No. 1. Page 105