Playground by Nadia Wheatley. Indigenous perspective on cultural influences and other factors affecting identity.
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Playground - Nadia Wheatley
Playground by Nadia Wheatley is an excellent resource which can be used as a stimulus to guide students into exploring elements of Aboriginal identity. This book comprises of Indigenous artwork entwined with a series of short stories which gives readers a rich insight into how Aboriginal identity has changed over time. Using the book as the basis for teaching and learning, a range of activities suitable for stage 3 students may be created and can be linked with a number of KLA’s that can be very useful in achieving a range of intended outcomes. For example, focusing on the chapters, “Getting Bush Tucker”, “Going Hunting” and “Going fishing” the class could discuss what is meant by bush tucker and go on to research what bush tucker exists in our local area (pairs or groups). Students may then form a sharing circle where they may share their ideas and brain storm the health issues that may have arisen for Aboriginal people before European settlement. Students may then rejoin their groups and work together to find references in the given chapters of “Playground” to the kinds of food that Aboriginal people were rationed during European settlement. Students should form a group response answering the question “How has white settlement influenced (or changed) what Aborigines eat today?” Teacher may give students guidelines for their research such as “How did the white people feel about ration food?” and “Did they continue to eat bush food?” and “What do Indigenous people eat today?”
Teachers may employ various literacy strategies such as “hot seat” which The may be used as a means of assessment for stage 3 learners. Each group may elect one member to be questioned by the teacher and class in a way which allows them to present their groups findings. This in turn, may help the class gain an insight into the issue of how European settlement has affected Indigenous identity.