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HSIE K-6 Syllabus Outcome:
ENS1.5 Compares and contrasts natural and built features in their local area and the ways in which people interact with these features –Uses of places in their local environment
(Board of Studies NSW, 2006, pp. 48-49)
Focus Question: What do people use natural and built places in their local area for?
This resource is an audio-visual reading session with a year 3 child. The resource provides students with the opportunity to hear a child close to their own age reading, as well as ensuring all students have the same access to the meaning with the book. This equal access for all students is crucial for any and all lessons (Foreman, 2008, p. 85).
Two young boys, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous are the protagonists in the narrative, transporting the reader back to a time when life was different and places were used in different ways. This comparison between past and present was easily made through the images and storyline. The beautiful imagery created in the illustration and narration allowed the reader to feel a sense of being in the book and experiencing the same sensations the protagonists experienced.
The Author of the book, Leonie Norrington, recognises both contemporary and past Aboriginal cultures, focusing on a specific family and following them through history, this is arguably avoiding stereotypes and generalizations, as a clear comparison is made between the ways of life now and then for a specific family, not trying to group all Aboriginal cultures together (NSW Department of Education and Training, professional Support and Curriculum Directorate, 2003, p.15). Norrington (2007) also acknowledges 'her people' for inspiration and tries to removes cultural barriers for the reader by defining marine creatures mentioned in the story at the beginning of the book. In order to go through these aspects of the book a hard copy would need to be bought or borrowed.
This clip could be watched as a whole class or in small groups. The focus of the lesson would be on the types of places, built and natural, that were seen in the book and how the people in the story used them.
The students should be encouraged to first list all of the places they saw in the book, and then encouraged to go back to those pages and use the narrative to help them grasp what those places were used for in the past by Aboriginal people on that land, and what they are used for now by both Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous Australians. This could be done by getting small groups to fill in a table, which identifies the place in one column, for example the beach, which could be drawn by the students, and then they could describe what those places were used for in a ‘past’ column and a ‘present’ column next to the image they create for ‘beach’.
Assessment/Links to literacy:
The table created by students could easily be used to assess the students’ comprehension of the content and meaning within the book, also creating an easy link to Literacy in terms of comprehension and listening outcomes in the English Syllabus.
The table would also serve as a way to assess the students ability to compare and contrast the uses of places, with links to their understanding of past and present.
Board of Studies NSW. (2006). Human Society and its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Author.
Foreman, P. (2008). Inclusion in Action (2nd Ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning Australia.
Norrington, L. (2007). You and Me: Our Place. Kingswood, SA: Working Title Press.
NSW Department of Education and Training, Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate. (2003). Aboriginal Education K-12 Resource Guide. Retrieved March 25, 2014 from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/aboriginalresourceguide.pdf