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Kassandra Klap's comment, April 17, 2013 5:02 AM
‘Celebrating Together’ is a booklet developed by the NSW Department of Education that focuses primarily on the unit of exploring the subset of Cultural Diversity by looking specifically at the significance of celebrations. It has resources for stages one, two and three and aims at developing cross-cultural understandings whilst providing ways in which teachers can allow students to evaluate their own understandings of Australia as a multicultural society. It focuses directly on developing expansive subject matter that would come to enhance outcome CUS2.4 (Board of Studies, 2007). The resource is very specific to the HSIE syllabus but the activities presented can relate to a number of other subject areas, for example using research to fulfill literary outcomes such as being able to interpret factual text.
Whilst it comes full of activities and great teaching resources, a great lesson idea would be to identify the different religious groups throughout the community and try and get individuals from such areas to come and speak to the class. This would be most appropriate in looking at an Indigenous perspective, as you may be able to get an elder or community leader to come in and talk specifically about the area. Maybe some children are involved within these specific groups and could then assist the class in learning about how their family interacts within that community. You could also get the children to think about the things they celebrate within their family and then get them to present to the class by using different resources such as video, picture, PowerPoint or by bringing in significant objects. As Tait Coles examines, children inevitably excel through this kind of independence, creativity of individual expression and self-reliance thus promoting a kind of ownership of identity. This would ultimately promote the diversity of the classroom and a greater acceptance of the different belief systems within the community.

Board of Studies. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies.

Coles. T. Tait Coles - @TotallyWired – Punk Learning. Retrieved 14th April 2013 [from] http://taitcoles.wordpress.com/punk-learning/
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Shirin Adl Illustrator|Children's Books|Let's Celebrate-Festival Poems from Around the World

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Let's Celebrate-Festival Poems from Around the World - Poems celebrating 24 festivals from around the world. Edited by Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D'Arcy. Published by Frances Lincoln Limited

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Kassandra Klap's comment, April 17, 2013 4:55 AM
The text presents an exciting and atmospheric journey around the world through literature that encapsulates the entirety of cultural diversity through festivals and celebrations. It explores festivals around the globe through poetry developed by local writers that capture local traditions and beliefs. It is an anthology of the global community in that it is representative of religious and other community festivals and customs from all over the world. It is a powerful resource for teachers in that it addresses many of the cultures and religions you would probably find within an Australian classroom and thus would be highly relatable to children. It raises discussion surrounding different countries and their location as well as the contribution they have made to Australian culture. It supports the proper pedagogy of reflecting student’s backgrounds and community structures within their learning (State of Victoria, 2004) as they would be able to directly relate to some of the major festivals celebrated throughout the book.

In this sense, getting students to independently think about how and when they have their own celebrations supports and promotes a learning environment that is interdependent and self-motivating (State of Victoria, 2004). An idea for a lesson to follow the reading of this text would be to get students to think about making up their own festival or celebration. They would have to explain who is involved, what it’s about, why they are celebrating and when they would celebrate. Using this rubric you could model something out of the text by demonstrating what information is offered through the poems themselves and illustrations. It might be easier to work off a theme such as, their class, or the school as a community where they could develop an understanding of how beliefs and values come to be represented within a community of people. They could make up different symbols, flags, dances, or sayings that could be common to that celebration also. Developing their own poems such as the book could be incorporated into an English lesson or looking at where in the world these festivals are happening could be used for looking at mapping in Mathematics.

State of Victoria. (2004). Effective Pedagogy: Principles for Learning and Teaching P-12. Retrieved 14th April 2013 [from] http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/teachlearn/student/poltleadchangepedagogy.pdf