Australia’s First People Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Australia’s First People Unit Plan

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This History unit covers a range of concepts relating to the diversity of Australia’s first people and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and may require additional lessons.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of Australia.
  • To identify the diverse range of Indigenous language groups in Australia.
  • To identify the importance of The Dreaming, Dreamtime stories and songlines in Aboriginal cultures.
  • To identify the meaning of totems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • To identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sourced their food from the land.
  • To identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used the land for shelter.
  • To identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used the land to make tools.
  • To identify how Indigenous Australian cultures use art as a language to document their history.

This History unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, The Arts.

Prior to commencing the unit, create a classroom display which celebrates the history and culture of the original inhabitants of Australia. Display teaching resources that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning, such as the Original Inhabitants Word Wall and the Timeline of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Indigenous Australians collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

The Original Inhabitants

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Indigenous Language Groups

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the diverse range of Indigenous language groups in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

The Dreaming, Stories and Songlines

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the importance of The Dreaming, Dreamtime stories and songlines in Aboriginal cultures.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Totems

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the meaning of totems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Food

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sourced their food from the land.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Shelters

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used the land for shelter.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Tools

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used the land to make tools.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Art

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify how Aboriginalcultures use art as a language to document their history.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9 (Assessment)

Australia's First People Inquiry Task

An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of Australia's first people and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment


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