Poetry (including Local Voices)

English Years 7-8 Years 9-10

Key Questions

  • What are poetic devices?
  • How do you interpret a poem?
  • How do you create a poem that links to personal experience?
  • How have local Indigenous perspectives been expressed through poetry?

Learning Objectives

Students will be able:

  • To learn a range of poetic devices
  • To understand the change in language over time
  • To create a poem using relevant language and structure
  • To explore local experiences expressed through poetry

Curriculum Links

Year 8 Reading & Viewing

  • Explore the interconnectedness of Country and Place, People, Identity and Culture in texts including those by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors (VCELT404)

Year 8 Writing

  • 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)

Year 9 Reading and Viewing

  • Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (VCELT437)

Intercultural Capability 

  • Analyse the dynamic nature of own and others cultural practices in a range of contexts (VCICCB013)
  • Identify and analyse the challenges and benefits of living and working in an interconnected and culturally diverse world (VCICCD019)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit


Connection to Country – Local Speaker

An important part of this unit is engaging with a local elder or community member, ideally as a guest speaker into your class, to talk on the importance of country and place to them.

Guidance on this is provided within the Unit Plan.


The Voice of Hyllus Maris

Hyllus was a local Yorta Yorta woman.  She was an activist, educator, poet and screenwriter.

Her poem ‘The Spiritual Song of the Aboriginie’ is a key focus of this unit.

Aunty Faye on Connections to Places?


Aunty Ella on Connection to Place

Number of Lessons

Approximately 7

Unit Plan