Experiences of the Stolen Generations

English Years 7-8

Key Questions

  • What were the different experiences of the Stolen Generation, including local experiences?
  • How do you construct a text response that critically evaluates the culturally diverse perspectives of others?
  • How do you identify the parts of a language that are linked to culture?

Learning Objectives

  • To understand that different people have different opinions and experiences
  • To identify language used to indicate attitude, opinions and experiences
  • To use relevant language and text structure to communicate ideas
  • To empathise with others’ experiences

Curriculum Links

Reading & Viewing

  • Explore the ways that ideas and viewpoints in literary texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts may reflect or challenge the values of individuals and groups (VCELT403)
  • Explore the interconnectedness of Country and Place, People, Identity and Culture in texts including those by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors (VCELT404)


  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (VCELY420)

Speaking & Listening

  • Interpret the stated and implied meanings in spoken texts, and use interaction skills including voice and language conventions to discuss evidence that supports or challenges different perspectives (VCELY426)

Intercultural Capability

  • Identify the challenges and benefits of living and working in a culturally diverse society (VCICCD015)
  • Evaluate the ways in which the community demonstrates the value it places on cultural diversity, and why this valuing of cultural diversity is important to the community (VCICCD016)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

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Local Experiences of the Stolen Generations

As part of an examination of the occurrence of the Stolen Generations across Australia, it is also important to consider how and who it impacted locally.  

Two suggested sources of this are The Flats DVD and the Stolen Generations testimonies.  Further details on both of these are contained within the Unit Plan.  

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