Key Questions

  • What creatures, both mythical and real, feature in Aboriginal stories?
  • How were some stories used to teach children lessons or pass on messages?
  • How are words from our local Aboriginal languages used in storytelling?

Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify and describe creatures found in Aboriginal stories.
  • Students will recognise that some Aboriginal stories were used to teach lessons or pass on a message.
  • Students will explore use of local Aboriginal language in storytelling

Curriculum Links

Reading & Viewing (Levels 3 & 4)

  • Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others(VCELT251)
  • Make connections between the ways different authors may represent similar storylines, ideas and relationships (VCELT282)

Writing (Levels 3 & 4) 

  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures including through the use of visual features(VCELT264)
  • Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts (VCELT265)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (VCELY266)
  • Reread and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuation(VCELY267)
  • Use software including word processing programs with growing speed and efficiency to construct and edit texts featuring visual, print and audio elements(VCELY269)
  • Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (VCELT297)
  • Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (VCELT298)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (VCELY299)
  • Reread and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structure (VCELY300)

Speaking & Listening (Levels 3 & 4)

  • Understand that languages have different written and visual communication systems, different oral traditions and different ways of constructing meaning(VCELA270)
  • Understand that Standard Australian English is one of many social dialects used in Australia, and that while it originated in England it has been influenced by many other languages (VCELA303)

Intercultural Capability (Levels 3 & 4)

  • Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts (VCELT265) 
  • Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasons (VCELT274) 
  • Understand that Standard Australian English is one of many social dialects used in Australia, and that while it originated in England it has been influenced by many other languages (VCELA303) 

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

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Living Stories of the Dungala Kaiela

This is a fantastic text produced by the Elders and Artists of Kaiela Arts.  It contains a story incorporating a range of local language, and is accompanied by original artwork.  The book is accompanied by a DVD, which includes an animated version of the story.

Details on how to purchase a copy are included within the Unit Plan.

Number of Lessons

6-7

Unit Plan

stories-to-explain-the-world-unit-plan

Supporting Documents

Lesson 2

Lessons 6-7

  • Language