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Resources for Reconciliation

 Thumbnail images of several books from the list of literature based classroom units below

Scroll down for units of work, articles and essays from PETAA that relate to the cross curriculum priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

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Classroom units of work

Sorry Day

Date of Publication: 19/05/2019 
In the teachers’ guide to the 2018 CBCA Short List, an Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Years 5 and 6, with links to HASS (History) based on the book by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler.

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Mrs Whitlam

Date of Publication: 30/11/2018 
In the teachers’ guide to the 2017 CBCA Short List, an Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Year 5 and 6, with links to Health and Physical Education, based on the book by Bruce Pasco

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The Girl from Snowy River

Date of Publication: 2/02/2018 
In Literature Singles: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Junior Secondary featuring the focus text The Girl from Snowy River by Jackie French.

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Why I love Australia

Date of Publication: 2/02/2018 
In Literature Singles: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Lower and Middle Primary featuring the focus text Why I love Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft.

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Look See, Look at Me!

Date of Publication: 2/02/2018 
In Literature Singles: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Early Years and Lower Primary featuring as focus text the book Look see, look at me! by Leonie Norrington and Dee Huxley.

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Go Home, Cheeky Animals!

Date of Publication: 5/07/2017 
In the teachers’ guide to the 2017 CBCA Short List, an Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Foundation to Year 2, with links to Mathematics and Science, based on the book by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley

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Kick with My Left Foot

Date of Publication: 7/07/2015 
In the teachers’ guide to the 2015 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit for early years with links to mathematics based on Kick with My Left Foot, by Karen Briggs and Paul Seden.

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The Lost Girl

Date of Publication: 7/07/2015 
In the teachers’ guide to the 2015 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work, with links to Geography and Mathematics, based on The Lost Girl by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Leanne Tobin.

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Welcome to Country

Date of Publication: 7/07/2015 
In the teachers’ guide to the 2015 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work, with links to Geography and Mathematics, based on The Lost Girl by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Leanne Tobin.

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Big Red Kangaroo

Date of Publication: 15/06/2014 
In the teachers guide the 2014 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Junior Primary, with links to Geography and Science, featuring the focus text Big Red Kangaroo by Graham Byrne and Claire Saxby.

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Jandamarra

Date of Publication: 15/06/2014 
In the teachers' guide to the 2014 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English and History based unit of work for Upper Primary featuring the focus text Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton.

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Welcome to My Country

Date of Publication: 15/06/2014 
In the teachers' guide to the 2014 CBCA Short List: An Australian Curriculum: English based unit of work for Upper Primary, with links to Art, Geography and History featuring the focus text Welcome to my Country by Laklak Burarrwanga and Family.

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Units in Global Words: English and Geography for Global Citizenship Education

Indigenous peoples: Stories to unite us

A unit of work for Years 3 and 4 to explore aspects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, using the picture books You and Me: Our Place by Leonie Norrington and Dee Huxley and Yorta Yorta stories retold in Stories from the Billabong.

Indigenous peoples: People, place, language and song

A unit of work for Year 5 with texts that include music video clips and illustrated books through which concepts of place, language and song are explored as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures.

Indigenous peoples: Ways of being

A unit of work for Year 8 to explore ideas of cultural identity and belonging, specifically Aboriginal identity through Aboriginal English, with The Binna Binna Man by Meme McDonald & Boori Monty Pryor, and Indigenous poetry and rap.

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Essays and practical articles

PEN 093 — Aboriginal English

Date of Publication: 1/07/1995
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, this PEN by Diana Eades focuses on issues for Aboriginal children and English language teaching in primary schools, including the language skills and strengths, and needs of Aboriginal children

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PEN 120 — Language tracks: Aboriginal English and the classroom

Date of Publication: 15/06/1999
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, the purpose of this PEN by Lee Simpson, Geoff Munns and Sue Clancy is to encourage teachers of Aboriginal students to see how Aboriginal English is a pivotal element of their classroom relationships

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PEN 150 —Teaching students who speak Aboriginal English

Date of Publication: 22/09/2005
In the series later re-named PETAA Papers, this PEN by Yvonne Haig, Patricia Konigsberg and Glenys Collard explores the relationship and differences of Aboriginal English to Standard Australian English and the implications for teaching.

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PETAA PAPER 183 — Teaching EAL/D learners in Australian classrooms

Date of Publication: 25/05/2012
This PETAA Paper by Michèle de Courcy, Karen Dooley, Robert Jackson, Jenny Miller and Kathy Rushton covers the areas of identifying learners, the importance of oral language development, code-breaking instruction, vocabulary and comprehension ...

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Communication ecology

Date of Publication: 1/10/2013
Language as diversity and equity. With reference to the ‘communication ecology’ of the nation, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco reflects on diversity and equity as critical features of literacy in Australia.

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Find more resources for Reconciliation Week including downloadable and interactive posters on the Reconciliation website.

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