M5.10 – accounts for how and why the nature of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations has changed
What was assimilation and how was it applied to Aboriginal people?
What did Aboriginal people achieve as a result of the protest movements from the 1940s to 1972?
What issues did the 1967 referendum address?
How did the policy of assimilation change to integration in relation to Aboriginal people?
Aliens role-play. Aliens have landed and taken over. Class creates a mind map of 'your rights'. To begin they take some of your rights and you get to choose what to keep. What is your response as they take more?
Video: Babakiueria. From this brainstorm 'Aboriginal experiences since invasion'. Students copy experiences and responses. Highlight the diversity of possible responses.
Homework. Students define protection, assimilation, integration, self-determination and reconciliation.
Source study. Students are divided into groups to analyse a selected source on assimilation. Each group is to answer basic source analysis questions on a sheet of cardboard and present it to the class. From this a more comprehensive definition of assimilation will be created.
Homework: empathy task. You are an Aboriginal person in the 1950s. Write about your experiences under the policy of assimilation.
3 History of Aboriginal resistance
Timeline. Students analyse timeline of resistance.
Groupwork. Students divide into groups. Each person in the group is given information about one of the following people. They then have to form a second group with the people who have the same topic. They have to learn about the person with the new group before returning to their original group to teach about their topic. Topics include Pemulwuy, Windradyne, Jandamarra, William Ferguson, Pearl Gibbs and Sir Douglas Nichols.
Homework: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. Research who designed each of the flags and when, and what the colours represent, and draw a picture of each.
4 Case study: the Freedom Rides
Context. Analysis of the Civil Rights movement in the USA – comparison with Aboriginal protest.
Human rights. Students complete source analysis on Aboriginal people and human rights.
Video: The Freedom Rides. Students compile notes about the Freedom Rides.
The Freedom Rides introduction: Students use Discovering DemocracyStories of Democracy CD-ROM to compile information about the Freedom Rides.
Activity. Students write a front page newspaper article about the Freedom Rides (at the time) based on the CD-ROM and video.
5 1972 Tent Embassy
Comprehension activity about the Tent Embassy and its survival today.
6 Rights and the referendum
Brainstorm. Return to original brainstorm, What rights do we have as Australian citizens? What rights should we have?
Source analysis about the 1967 referendum.
Timeline of Aboriginal people's achievement of the right to vote.
Homework. Formulate questions and interview a parent or community member about the 1967 referendum.
Analysis of connection between protests and movement to integration. Future problems?