This is a section of the Australian War Memorial website called "Forging the Nation", and I think it gives a comprehensive account of how the national identity was established from Federation times, up until post-WW1 Australia. Students can read about how Federation was essential to the creation of a national sense of identity and union, and how and why the ANZAC legend is a central part of Australian history and culture. This webpage- especially the section that talks about the White Australia Policy- could be used as a basis of comparison when the class is looking at how the identity and values of Australia have changed over time. Students will be able to take note of how Australia has gone from being a nation that discouraged other races and ways of life, to being the multicultural country that it is today.
These videos give a solid overview of Indigenous cultural practices, from the rituals involved in visiting new places, to the storytelling involved in Indigenous artworks. It also provides explanations of some aspects of bush medicine, which students could research further after viewing the videos in order to gain a stronger understanding of these traditions and practices. The explanations in the videos are made by Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, it is up-to-date, and the webpage contains a warning that some of the videos contain images of people who have passed away. The videos do not seem to trivialise the role of women in their society, since they depict women playing an active and important role in Indigenous culture. The specific Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander participation is acknowledged, and the videos have been made by Aboriginal filmmakers for a multimedia interactive called "One Road".
Serving and eating lunch at a Japanese elementary school is not just about eating, but is a central part of Japanese education. Watch this video to learn a bit more about how and why it is about so much more than just the food.
Anna Gosteva's insight:
This is a video that is short but engaging, as primary school students will be able to relate to the age group and school context, and they may also find the differences in school culture quite interesting. We see in this video that students in Japan are obliged to prepare and serve meals in their school, and this information could be used to start a class discussion about the differences found between Australian and Japanese lunches. Students could discuss the benefits of the Japanese system of school lunches, and what it might reflect about their values- for example, it means that they strongly value discipline, responsibility, and nutrition. Students could also look up some of the foods mentioned in the video and design posters that promote them in order to familiarise themselves with traditional Japanese cuisine.
The "China Down Under" curriculum resource has several excellent learning activities for Stage 3 students, but I would like to specifically use the Chinese New Year lesson on page 135. In this resource, teachers are given the tools for a lesson that explores how Chinese New Year is celebrated and valued in Australia and China, and how they compare to each other. It is an effective way to look at the intersection of Australian and Asian culture, and the nature of cultural diversity in Australia. Students will look at various footage of how Chinese New Year is celebrated in China and Australia, and they will record the similarities and differences on a chart or Venn diagram. It will be interesting for students to research the increasing popularity of Chinese New Year in Australia, and what this means about the changing nature of the Australian ethos.
Learn about the objects on display in the gallery and trace the stories of players who have participated in the transnational cricket community over 150 years.
Anna Gosteva's insight:
This is an entertaining interactive resource in which students engage with different objects related to cricket and find out how it has connected Australia to other countries around the world. It is an effective way to explore Australian culture and history, since cricket plays a significant part in the identity of the nation. This resource gives a thorough overview of the major cricketing events in Australia's history, and it allows students to engage with text and multimedia that give an insight into the more personal stories of a small amount of Australian cricketers. After interacting with this website, the students could do an activity in which they research a cricketer that has not been mentioned in this resource, and write a short article about their contribution to cricket in Australia.
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